Battelle

Published on 30-Nov-2012

"If all parts of the power system, from generation to the end user, can exchange information and all agree what that information means, the region can take action to optimize power consumption." - Ronald Melton, PhD, Project Director, Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, Battelle Memorial Institute

Customer:
Battelle

Industry:
Energy & Utilities, Government

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
Big Data, Energy Efficiency, Smarter Computing, Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smart Products, Smarter Energy

IBM Business Partner:
Alstom Grid

Overview

Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle) is a private, nonprofit science and technology development company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The institute was started in 1929 with 30 employees and grew to become a multinational firm with more than 22,000 employees and USD6.5 billion in annual research and development projects at more than 100 locations worldwide. Today, Battelle is an international science and technology enterprise that conducts thousands of annual projects for government and commercial clients each year, and manages laboratories for customers.

Business need:
This scientific institution developed a smart grid demonstration project to test the validity and viability of a demand-based pricing system for electrical power. It sought best-in-class providers and methods to create the infrastructure and mechanisms to handle the large volumes of input data that would flow on a continuous basis to the demand-fed metering system.

Solution:
The solution includes a mechanism to continuously flow demand data from the power generation source through the electrical network to the consumer, and then gather new feedback from this endpoint to bring back to the power source. The smart grid technology developed for this solution has the power to provide unprecedented insight into the cost of electricity at any point in time, relaying information about varying demand levels to support informed consumption decisions.

Benefits:
Provides the capability to analyze and gain insight from up to 10 PB of data in minutes; Enabled a town to avoid a potential power outage by using a two-way advanced meter system to shut off home water heaters during peak periods, reducing strain on an unreliable underwater cable; Engages consumers and responsive assets throughout the power system to help optimize the system and better integrate renewable resources; Increases grid efficiency and reliability through system self-monitoring and feedback.

Case Study

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Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle) is a private, nonprofit science and technology development company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The institute was started in 1929 with 30 employees and grew to become a multinational firm with more than 22,000 employees and USD6.5 billion in annual research and development projects at more than 100 locations worldwide. Today, Battelle is an international science and technology enterprise that conducts thousands of annual projects for government and commercial clients each year, and manages laboratories for customers.

The Opportunity
This scientific institution developed a smart grid demonstration project to test the validity and viability of a demand-based pricing system for electrical power. It sought best-in-class providers and methods to create the infrastructure and mechanisms to handle the large volumes of input data that would flow on a continuous basis to the demand-fed metering system.

What Makes It Smarter
The solution includes a mechanism to continuously flow demand data from the power generation source through the electrical network to the consumer, and then gather new feedback from this endpoint to bring back to the power source. The smart grid technology developed for this solution has the power to provide unprecedented insight into the cost of electricity at any point in time, relaying information about varying demand levels to support informed consumption decisions.

Real Business Results

  • Provides the capability to analyze and gain insight from up to 10 PB of data in minutes
  • Enabled a town to avoid a potential power outage by using a two-way advanced meter system to shut off home water heaters during peak periods, reducing strain on an unreliable underwater cable
  • Engages consumers and responsive assets throughout the power system to help optimize the system and better integrate renewable resources
  • Increases grid efficiency and reliability through system self-monitoring and feedback

For more information
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Visit us at: ibm.com/energy

To learn more about Battelle visit: www.battelle.org

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
System x

Software:
InfoSphere Streams, IBM Netezza High Capacity Appliance

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