TNB Renewables (TRe) is working with Envision Digital International to deploy big data analytics applications in its large-scale solar (LSS) farm in Sepang, Selangor in Malaysia.
The 50 megawatts (MW) solar farm is one of the largest in the country with 238,140 solar panels generating more than 110,000 megawatt-hour (MWh) of energy in its first year of operation in 2019.
The project will involve the deployment of its cloud-based digital analytics applications. Powered by Envision Digital’s AIoT operating system, EnOSTM, the applications will strengthen TRe’s ability to actively contribute to the growth and use of renewable energy sources across the company’s portfolio of energy assets.
“We constantly seek innovative technology solutions that will help accelerate our growth in the renewable energy sector. The solar farm in Sepang is our first large scale solar project in Malaysia. By adopting cloud-based solutions, we can monitor and analyse the solar farm’s performance remotely and achieve better returns on investment,” Mohd Yusrizal, managing director of TRE, said.
“We are also committed to adopting innovative solutions in building up our capability towards becoming a leading RE asset developer and asset manager within Malaysia and the region,” he added.
The end-to-end solution will help TRe’s operations team to have quick, real-time access to the farm’s operation status, generation performance, power output, and accurate power forecasts. This will improve operational and maintenance efficiency, and ensure TRe can manage grid supply and demand effectively.
“As Malaysia strives to achieve 20% renewable energy capacity by 2025, projects such as this, which help improve the productivity of existing renewable energy assets through the application of AIoT technology are vital. Wider adoption of AIoT in the renewable energy sector can hopefully in time amplify the benefits of this,” said Sylvie Ouziel, international president, Envision Digital.
She added: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with TNB Renewables on this project and to be playing a role in building a more sustainable energy sector and future for all Malaysians.”
The project is part of a broader partnership between both organisations to collaborate on multiple initiatives revolving around new energy and digital transformation. Eventually, TRe will build a digital renewable energy platform leveraging Envision’s EnOSTM AloT operating system, to connect various renewables assets and applications, such as biogas, biomass and mini hydro. The platform will not only provide asset operation and performance visibility to TRe, but also allow the integration and synergised operation among various renewable energies.
TRE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, the national electricity utility of Malaysia.