Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Hortonworks and Open Energi work together to analyse UK electricity data

Steve Rogerson
September 9, 2015
California-based open enterprise Hadoop company Hortonworks is working with Open Energi to help organisations gain insights by analysing real-time information based on data streamed from over 3000 electricity consuming assets and meters around the UK.
Open Energi's patented demand response technology is helping to drive momentum behind smart grids by enabling organisations – including the likes of Sainsbury's, United Utilities and Aggregate Industries –turn energy-intensive equipment such as fridges, pumps and fans into smart devices that can alter their energy use intelligently in response to fluctuations in electricity supply and demand nationwide. Its Dynamic Demand technology aggregates consumption across its customers' sites to provide a fast, flexible equivalent to a power station, only instead of adjusting supply up or down, it adjusts demand to meet supply.
Using the Hortonworks HDP data platform, Open Energi will collect, store and analyse sensor data containing information about real-time electricity consumption and control processes more efficiently and at a greater scale than previously possible. Additionally, HDP will provide a single view of all this information to enable organisations to react swiftly to changing conditions on the grid, and identify ways to generate extra revenue from existing assets, increase energy savings and spot opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions.
"Our vision is to build the world's first virtual power station and we aim to do that by developing a smarter platform built around smarter demand," said David Hill, business development director at London-based Open Energi. "Using the HDP in combination with the IoT will enable us to make connections between a wider range of disparate datasets at a far greater scale, so that we can provide organisations with a previously unattainable level of insight into their use of energy and ultimately create an energy system which is cleaner, cheaper and more secure."
As more devices connect to the IoT, an ever-increasing amount of data is being created that can offer valuable insight into a number of areas. In addition to supporting the optimisation of smart grids, open enterprise Hadoop's ability to accommodate over one trillion files through an internet-scale storage layer can be used to track everything from weather patterns to supporting the healthcare industry to record and monitor patients' vital statistics and other health indicators more effectively.
"Data are the driving force behind a smarter energy grid and with access to more accurate technology, it is now possible to build a far more detailed picture of energy usage," said Andy Leaver, vice president at Hortonworks. "Through its use of the Hortonworks data platform, Open Energi will have real-time information and insight into grid conditions that can be fed back to customers and help them make more informed decisions about their energy consumption. This collaboration is a great example of Hortonworks' momentum internationally as more customers in more industries turn to Hortonworks to solve their big data problems."