AWS Power & Utilities Case Studies
Power Generation Case Studies
GE Power uses data analytics on AWS to help power plant customers save millions of dollars, stream 500,000 data records per second, and scale to support the ingestion of 20 billion sensor-data tags. The company provides utilities and power companies throughout the world with solutions for power generation. GE Power runs its key data-analytics application on AWS, using Amazon Kinesis Data Streams and Amazon Elastic MapReduce.
By moving its billing system to AWS, Haven has seen a 5-6x improvement in performance. Before migrating, Haven’s average response time was 500 milliseconds—but by using AWS, the company now averages 80 milliseconds. The company realized upfront cost savings of at least £250,000 by using AWS instead of making additional investment in their traditional hardware-based infrastructure.
Siemens provides solutions for power generation and transmission, medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, and industrial infrastructure. With AWS, they reduced power plant alerts by 90%, reduced infrastructure costs by 85%, and had no unplanned downtime in their first year.
Talen Energy is subject to the same security, regulatory, and compliance standards as many Fortune 500 companies, though its nuclear plant sets a unique bar. Talen Energy is subject to approval from two regulatory agencies, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Talen Energy looked at all of the major cloud providers to determine who could best serve their needs. They decided that AWS was the best choice for a number of reasons, but what stood out the most was Talen Energy’s confidence that AWS could meet their operational, regulatory, and security needs through the breadth, depth, and maturity of the platform and people supporting it.
Diversified and Electricity Case Studies
CNCITY Energy Korea introduces AWS cloud for enhanced security and digital customer engagement
CNCITY Energy provides city gas (LNG) to around 590,000 households throughout South Korea. The company currently supplies cogeneration district heating and community electricity systems (CES) as well as local city gas, operates compressed natural gas (CNG) charging stations, and is also carrying out various energy platform development projects to become a comprehensive energy supplier.
Centrica Connected Home is a great example of lean enterprise in action. Although it’s part of one of the UK’s biggest corporations, it operates in an agile way, learning quickly while delivering a cutting-edge product to hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers. The entire end-to-end infrastructure on which the Hive Platform (Centrica's home automation system) is based—including marketing and support websites, data collection services, and the real-time store for user and analytics data—runs on AWS technologies. The core technologies used to power Hive are Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity and the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain. AWS enables EDF to build and scale its PowerShift platform, which enables customers to reduce or shift energy consumption when needed and monetize their excess energy through EDF Energy's trading services. Using AWS, the company delivers a scalable solution for its customers and reduced deployment time from days to 14 minutes.
By using AWS, Enel has saved 21 percent on computing costs and 60 percent on storage costs, has reduced provisioning time from four weeks to two days, and has transformed its business. Enel is an Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas that serves 61 million customers. Enel uses AWS as its platform for IoT and energy management.
ENGIE—one of the largest utility providers in France and a global player in the zero-carbon energy transition—produces, transports, and deals electricity, gas, and energy services. With 160,000 employees worldwide, ENGIE is a decentralized organization and operates 25 business units with a high level of delegation and empowerment. ENGIE’s decentralized global customer base had accumulated lots of data, and it required a smarter, unique approach and solution to align its initiatives and provide data that is ingestible, organizable, governable, sharable, and actionable across its global business units.
Essent is the largest energy company in the Netherlands, providing electricity, gas, heat, and other energy services to more than four million customers. The company, an innovator in energy efficiency, created smart meters to help customers monitor how much energy they consume. Data from the meters is automatically sent back to the company via short messages, and Essent uses AWS to handle that data, which is expected to arrive at a rate of 200,000 messages every 10 seconds.
Fortum Energy is an Energy company in Finland, with 2.5 million customers across Northern Europe, Central Europe, India, and Russia. With AWS, Fortum was able to accelerate asset optimization and generate powerful data insights to fuel business innovation.
Green Energy Company Ørsted Builds Software Startup Obviux on AWS
After Denmark deregulated its utility market two years ago, companies could no longer both sell and distribute energy. Ørsted, the largest energy company in Denmark, had to split sales and distribution functions into separate companies. Splitting increased already expensive licensing costs for the legacy SAP applications used to manage the company’s customer billing functions. Deregulation also created greater market competition for utility sales and billing functions.
SAP on AWS Helps Origin Energy Embrace a Digital, Data Driven World
With activities that span exploration, production, power generation and retailing, Origin Energy Ltd (Origin) is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. Their goal is to make energy smarter, easier, sustainable and more affordable for their customers.
PG&E is using the breadth and depth of AWS services to drive its enterprise migration from legacy IT infrastructure to a cloud-first environment. For more than 150 years, PG&E has provided utility services to millions of customers in Northern and Central California. In addition to using dozens of AWS services including Amazon Aurora, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon Glacier, PG&E also used the AWS Partner Network to speed its journey to the cloud.
Lemongrass Consulting Helps Energy Queensland Quickly Migrate SAP Environment to the AWS Cloud
Lemongrass Consulting helped Energy Queensland migrate its SAP environment to AWS in five months instead of a year, keep critical business applications available 24/7, and quickly upgrade aging SAP applications. An AWS Public Sector Partner, Lemongrass worked with Energy Queensland to move dozens of SAP applications and an SAP S/4HANA environment to an AWS Landing Zone.
Siemens AG Launches Industry-Leading EnergyIP MDM Application on AWS
Recently, Siemens AG (Siemens), a global leader in power and utilities management, decided it was time to modernize its EnergyIP meter data management (MDM) application, which enables more than 200 electricity, gas, and water utility companies to manage more than 90 million meters. For the past 20 years, Siemens has offered on-premises EnergyIP MDM, but recently the company recognized it could improve computing efficiency and customer service by offering a cloud-hosted MDM service as well. Migrating its complex enterprise application to the cloud was a daunting project, but Amazon Web Services (AWS) assisted at every stage of the transition.
SunPower Delivers Customers Solar Energy Insight Using AWS IoT Core
Renewable energy company SunPower wants its customers to engage more with their energy use. Despite the vital role energy plays in modern life, a survey from Accenture reports that consumers spend less than 10 minutes a year interacting with utility companies. In an effort to flip the script, SunPower is encouraging consumers to take energy matters into their own hands by installing solar panels and batteries on their properties and actively tracking the way they generate, store, and use energy.
AWS Contributes to Trende Japan’s rapid launch of new electric power service for consumers
Trende built an electricity retailing system incorporating Peer-2-Peer (P2P) energy trading. Trende built the system called “Tomorrow Denki” on AWS in just 6 months using AWS serverless services and the support of AWS professional services.
Natural Gas Utilities Case Studies
Innogy Czech first migrated its SAP human resources workload to AWS, followed by IS-U, CRM and BO/BW. SAP system requests go through an AWS Direct Connect connection to a VPN Gateway and into an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, where they are received by a private load balancer, which routes the requests to the most capable instance. By running Oracle Enterprise Edition on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, the IT staff can take advantage of Oracle Secure Backup, which provides database backup, restore, and recovery capability to the system. The backups are stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets and will eventually be moved to Amazon Glacier, for ultra-low cost and high durability.
Gas Utility Company MRG Goes All-In on AWS, Migrating SAP in Just Three Months
Madrileña Red de Gas (MRG) has slashed operating expenses and service delivery times by going all-in on AWS with the help of AWS Partner Network (APN) Partner Linke. MRG is the third-largest gas distributor in Spain, supplying nearly one million people in the Madrid region. It replatformed its critical SAP systems from Windows to Linux and used AWS Elastic Beanstalk and Amazon WorkSpaces to migrate non-SAP applications in less than 100 days.
Scotia Gas Network (SGN)
By migrating to AWS, SGN has become more secure and agile while reducing costs. SGN is a United Kingdom gas-distribution company that manages the distribution network for natural and green gas to almost six million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. The company runs multiple workloads on AWS, including key analytics platforms and mobile applications.
Woodside Petroleum is a global oil & gas company, specializing in liquefied natural gas (LNG), Australia’s largest independent oil & gas company. Woodside uses AWS to implement predictive maintenance; they were able to quickly scale 200K sensors, analyze the data in near real-time, and create a culture of innovation by enabling rapid prototyping with AWS.
Water and Waste Case Studies
Founded in 2009, Centratech Systems (CTS) launched in a challenging economic time to address some ongoing challenges in Australia: a persistent water shortage and rising electricity costs. Initially, its business centered on water management—primarily irrigation. CTS has since expanded its solutions to include monitoring and control of pumping systems, field lighting, and other areas. Shifting to the AWS IoT serverless environment and the new smart devices has triggered a critical change in CTS’s cost structure, as the IoT-enabled devices are much less expensive than their predecessors. Because the capital expense of hardware typically limits a customer’s ability to engage with CTS, using devices that are two-thirds as expensive as their predecessors has really expanded CTS’s reach. With the less costly, simpler systems in place, management can now confidently approach smaller councils and agricultural customers, who were previously hesitant to consider CTS’s services due to time and budget constraints.
As an international energy provider of electricity, natural gas, and energy services, ENGIE's mission is to not only provide power through low-carbon, renewable resources but also to be a leading innovator in the space through technology. Measuring business performance became a top priority and challenge, particularly given the variable cost of utilities. So as part of this effort, ENGIE sought to digitally transform and steramline financial services using SAP S/4HANA on AWS. From initial decision-making to the go-live date, the project went smoothly and took only six months.
For Engie, being able to reduce the expected delivery time of its new business framework by two times while upgrading its SAP platform to SAP S/4HANA was immensely beneficial for driving new business outcomes and opportunities. ENGIE has not only saved costs by reducing the size of its HANA databases, the company also achieved cost savings by avoiding the need to procure on-premises hardware on an ongoing basis. “We’ve increased data transparency for our business organizations with continuous financial reporting,” says Langer. “We also drastically reduced the ramp-up time for new users from three days to one day by running SAP S/4HANA on AWS.” ENGIE continues to engage with AWS to optimize its environment and introduce innovation to its platform.
The initial projects by eWATER and Eseye using the IoT solution and AWS Cloud capabilities helped successfully deliver clean water on a 24/7 basis to about 13,000 people in Gambia and Tanzania. The solution provides strong data security through the Eseye AnyNet Secure SIM technology, highly available wireless connections, scalable cloud storage and processing for pump-based data, and cost-effective pricing. It also lets eWATER operate and scale the solution on a pay-as-you-go basis. The company forecasts that the solution may be accessible to as many as 10 million people over the next five years through the instillation of 100,000 more taps.
KENT RO Systems Limited (KENT) produces a range of healthcare products for the Indian market, from purifiers to water softeners. The company is supported by a network of 1,500 KENT distributors, 10,000 water-purification-system dealers, and more than 800 KENT franchisees. KENT now has more agility with its CRM solution because of AWS. The company can scale up the CRM environment on demand and, likewise, scale down if necessary. The company also avoids IT-procurement cycles and time-consuming deployment projects.
Mueller Water Products
Mueller Water Products Inc. (Mueller) wanted to continue improving its technology infrastructure and building on its sophisticated means of collecting data and delivering critical insights to customers. Mueller accomplished this on Amazon Web Services (AWS) by building a data lake on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. From there, the company was able to increase leak-detection performance using Amazon SageMaker, a fully managed service that provides the ability to build, train, and deploy ML models quickly.
Veolia Water Technologies reduced operating costs by 90 percent and accessed new opportunities for innovation using AWS. Veolia offers its eight million customers a full range of technologies and services in the design and construction, operation, maintenance, modernization, and management of water-treatment and sanitation systems. After searching for private cloud solutions and faced with the rigidity of this type of structure, Veolia Water France turned to AWS and the public cloud, allowing it to set up virtual data centers and operate its systems without any constraints.
Xylem is a leading water technology company committed to "solving water" by creating innovative and smart technologies to meet the world's water, wastewater, and energy needs. The company chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its cloud service provider in large part due to its data lake capabilities. Xylem is experiencing an increase in innovation as well as faster time-to-market for its customer solutions.