Smart vi­sion at the core of com­pany’s lead­ing role in en­ergy in­ter­net sec­tor

China Daily (USA) - - IOT@ WUXI - By TANG ZHIHAO tangzhi­hao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

En­vi­sion En­ergy, a smart en­ergy tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oper in Wuxi, Jiangsu prov­ince, is work­ing to be­come one of the world’s top en­ergy in­ter­net ser­vice providers in the next three years.

The en­ergy in­ter­net is the ap­pli­ca­tion of in­ter­net of things tech­nol­ogy in the en­ergy sec­tor.

Ad­vanced sen­sors and soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions to con­nect bil­lions of de­vices, ma­chines and sys­tems from en­ergy gen­er­a­tion and trans­ac­tion to con­sump­tion are its foun­da­tions, ac­cord­ing to En­vi­sion.

“The in­ter­net in­dus­try has achieved out­stand­ing re­sults over the past 10 years,” said Sun Jie, gen­eral man­ager of En­vi­sion’s strate­gic and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. “The main de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties will be in IoT in the next decade. The en­ergy in­ter­net will be the high­light of the IoT in­dus­try.”

Over the last two years, En­vi­sion has been build­ing an ecosys­tem of en­ergy-re­lated com­pa­nies to cre­ate the en­ergy in­ter­net.

A new en­ergy mar­ket­place is evolv­ing through smart tech­nol­ogy, col­lab­o­ra­tion and syn­er­gies. It re­quires part­ners in an ecosys­tem to de­sign, de­velop and de­ploy ap­pli­ca­tions at a cer­tain scale and speed, the com­pany said.

En­vi­sion has in­vested in the US elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing net­work op­er­a­tor ChargePoint, the US smart grid big data provider Au­toGrid and Ger­man en­ergy stor­age sys­tem provider Son­nen.

It has also ac­quired a 100 per­cent stake in the Nor­we­gian re­new­able en­ergy as­sets man­age­ment soft­ware com­pany BazeField.

Son­nen, a Ger­man startup, was re­ported to have beaten Tesla in bat­tery sales in the first quar­ter of this year.

En­vi­sion has set a goal to man­age 200 gi­gawatts of re­new­able en­ergy as­sets world­wide by 2019 through EnOS, its newly launched en­ergy op­er­a­tion sys­tem.

The com­pany de­scribed EnOS as a smart, scal­able and open plat­form that can sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of en­ergy in­ter­net. Through real-time com­put­ing and data anal­y­sis, it pro­vides in­tel­li­gent con­trol for how, where and when to pro­duce, store and use en­ergy.

The plat­form, launched in Europe in Septem­ber, man­ages more than 50 GW of new en­ergy as­sets and cov­ers so­lar power, wind power, charg­ing and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, Sun said.

Global op­er­a­tors of new en­ergy busi­nesses, in­clud­ing Pat­tern En­ergy, Duke En­ergy and EverPower , are us­ing this plat­form.

En­vi­sion has more than 400 soft­ware en­gi­neers work­ing on the EnOS plat­form and its ap­pli­ca­tions, ac­count­ing for about 30 per­cent of its em­ploy­ees.

Rapid growth

En­vi­sion En­ergy has main­tained rapid growth since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2007.

One of China’s top providers of smart en­ergy tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices, the com­pany can pro­vide smart wind tur­bines and ser­vices, smart en­ergy man­age­ment soft­ware and tech­no­log­i­cal ser­vices.

En­vi­sion re­ported 16 bil­lion yuan ($2.36 bil­lion) in sales last year, out­per­form­ing its com­peti­tors with an in­crease of more than 70 per­cent from a year ear­lier.

The com­pany is mak­ing a name for its strong re­search and de­vel­op­ment ca­pac­ity in the smart re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try.

The com­pany has es­tab­lished in­no­va­tion cen­ters in coun­tries such as the United States, Den­mark and Ger­many so it can bet­ter serve its clients with the lat­est tech­nolo­gies.

Apart from be­ing a top en­ergy in­ter­net plat­form op­er­a­tor, the com­pany is also keen to strengthen its de­vel­op­ment in the smart wind tur­bines and en­ergy stor­age sec­tors.

The com­pany said more than half of the de­mand for its wind tur­bines will come from the global mar­ket for its ad­vanced off­shore wind tur­bines tech­nolo­gies and lowspeed wind tur­bines.

The com­mer­cial­iza­tion of su­per­con­duct­ing wind tur­bines is also ex­pected in the next few years.

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A wind farm in Shanxi prov­ince, which uses en­ergy in­ter­net ser­vices pro­vided by En­vi­sion En­ergy.

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