As a major global force in solar and wind power, ENGIE has designed the Darwin data management platform to boost the performance of its renewable power generating facilities and develop predictive maintenance. Industrial customers, local authorities, local communities and residents will also be able to use this platform to learn more about ENGIE hydropower plants, solar photovoltaic power plants and wind farms in real time.
Together with carbon reduction and decentralized power generation, digitalization is one of ENGIE's key priorities for promoting the global energy transition.
The Darwin digital platform is the realization of that priority: this renewables generating plant control and management system now enables ENGIE to gather, analyze and interpret all the data transmitted by the sensors installed in these smart generating plants in real time 24/7 (data such as wind turbine rotation speeds, photovoltaic panel temperatures, energy generating levels, etc.), as well as external data, such as electricity market prices and weather forecasts.
All the solar power generating plants, wind farms and hydropower plants operated by ENGIE in France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and Romania are now connected to Darwin. 2017 and 2018 will see connection of all Group wind farms and solar generating plants worldwide, as well as upgrading of system functionality.
Darwin is primarily a supervisory system that gives the Group remote management of its renewable energy facilities, and provides decision support for their operators: performance monitoring and analysis, fault detection and alerts, predictive maintenance, weather-based scheduling of maintenance operations, etc.
So what are the benefits of the Darwin digital platform?
But Darwin is also an information resource for local residents, companies and local authorities, offering multiple interfaces (a website, smartphone app and chat bot) developed by ENGIE to provide them with real-time information on generating facilities and their performance.