Making Wind Energy More Efficient With Data At Turbit Systems - Episode 142

Summary

Wind energy is an important component of an ecologically friendly power system, but there are a number of variables that can affect the overall efficiency of the turbines. Michael Tegtmeier founded Turbit Systems to help operators of wind farms identify and correct problems that contribute to suboptimal power outputs. In this episode he shares the story of how he got started working with wind energy, the system that he has built to collect data from the individual turbines, and how he is using machine learning to provide valuable insights to produce higher energy outputs. This was a great conversation about using data to improve the way the world works.

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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Michael Tegtmeier about Turbit, a machine learning powered platform for performance monitoring of wind farms

Interview

  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you start by describing what you are building at Turbit and your motivation for creating the business?
  • What are the most problematic factors that contribute to low performance in power generation with wind turbines?
  • What is the current state of the art for accessing and analyzing data for wind farms?
  • What information are you able to gather from the SCADA systems in the turbine?
    • How uniform is the availability and formatting of data from different manufacturers?
  • How are you handling data collection for the individual turbines?
    • How much information are you processing at the point of collection vs. sending to a centralized data store?
  • Can you describe the system architecture of Turbit and the lifecycle of turbine data as it propagates from collection to analysis?
  • How do you incorporate domain knowledge into the identification of useful data and how it is used in the resultant models?
  • What are some of the most challenging aspects of building an analytics product for the wind energy sector?
  • What have you found to be the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging aspects of building and growing Turbit?
  • What do you have planned for the future of the technology and business?

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