Applied Intelligence is how Accenture helps clients use artificial intelligence (AI), automation and analytics to drive measurable business results by reinventing operational processes and creating new ways of working. When intelligent technology and human ingenuity are applied together at the core of business, opportunities emerge to break down silos, improve processes and enable better decision making.
For renewables companies, Applied Intelligence can help enhance asset value across the value chain. Possible business outcomes in wind include increased production, resource optimization, integration of operations and maintenance (O&M) with energy management and remote intelligence.
Applied Intelligence in practice
Applied intelligence is already defining possibilities and powering new outcomes across the value chain for renewables companies.
Smart capabilities from other industries
Other asset-intensive industries such as oil and gas are already relatively mature in building digital capabilities and applying advanced analytics on unstructured data to more effectively address asset reliability challenges. Many of these use cases have clear synergies for renewables companies.
- Vibration analytics: Predictive failure analysis used by oil and gas operators on rotating equipment such as pumps is relevant and replicable for wind operators to address issues with generator drive train or blade misalignment.
- Corrosion analytics: Advanced analytics used to accurately predict areas at high risk of corrosion in oil and gas assets such as pipes could improve prognosis capabilities and data-driven maintenance strategies for offshore wind fleets, where corrosion is a significant challenge.
Building a data-driven approach
Adopting a pragmatic approach is critical for renewables companies as they begin their Applied Intelligence journey. Data availability and quality limits the evolution of an operator’s capabilities. Companies can fill gaps by methodically capturing missing information and launching new solutions through an iterative, agile approach.
Implementing Applied Intelligence and realizing its benefits will require new ways of working across the organization. To successfully start the journey and promote cultural change, a vision—a company global initiative—is the key and preliminary step to lay the foundation of a common understanding.