Enhancing Sustainability Through Edge Computing
With a global focus on sustainability and environmental impact, the demand for renewable energy continues to grow. But embracing new energy sources requires new capabilities from the systems that govern production, distribution, and consumption.
For example, oil and gas producers are now applying smart oilfield technologies to reduce carbon imprint, improve efficiency, and help ensure safety. Utility companies are deploying smarter grids that help address the increased fluctuation of renewable sources and improve overall decision-making. Energy consumers are using smart building and smart city technologies to increase energy efficiency and mitigate environmental impact.
The common thread between these use cases is edge computing. Each new renewable energy source, oil well pad, or other energy asset is another data source that must be integrated into the overall platform. To capture data and enable intelligent operations, edge computing hardware is being applied to converge IT/OT systems, virtualize and consolidate workloads from fixed-function devices, and deliver the connected visibility and rapid responses that are critical to sustainability success. Because edge computing is done close to where data is collected, data processing and adjustments based on that data can occur in near-real time.
Intel works with energy producers, distributors, and consumers to help deliver the performance, reliability, and security that are required from their edge computing environments. We’re helping unlock new levels of visibility, control, and responsiveness through deep industry partnerships and powerful technological innovations.
Utility distributors and service providers are introducing new digital services and incorporating wind, solar, and other renewal sources into the power grid. Providers are creating smart grids through virtualized automation and control technologies that are applied at the edge to digitize substations, wind turbines, microgrids, and other power production assets.
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Oil and Gas
The oil and gas industry is undergoing a rapid transformation. Providers are aggressively reducing their carbon footprints while employing more-sustainable practices. As economies gradually transition from a “petrostate” to an “electrostate”, oil and gas leaders are leveraging edge computing and energy IoT technology to improve operational performance and reduce costs.
Digital oil fields are marrying digital technology with process management to automate workflows and maximize productivity. Providers are also retrofitting other production assets to create “intelligent well pads” and other solutions to optimize production while increasing safety and reducing environmental exposure.
Energy Transition to Renewability and Carbon Neutrality
From green data centers and carbon-aware energy systems to electronic vehicle charging infrastructure and Sustainability as a Service offerings, energy consumers are seeking to increase efficiency, improve visibility into usage, and manage their overall environmental impact.
Smart buildings and smart cities employ edge systems to better understand their emissions, control their energy usage, and reduce costs. Transportation is becoming increasingly reliant on electricity as opposed to fossil fuels, and demand for flexible, reliable, and connected charging stations is emerging alongside the switch. And as many individuals and businesses begin to offset their energy consumption by becoming energy producers through adoption of technologies such as solar panels, they’re finding opportunities to provide excess energy back to the grid.
In collaboration with our partners, Intel applies edge computing expertise to help meet the wide-ranging demand for renewable energy sources and carbon neutrality. We’re helping drive both the hardware- and software-based renewable energy technologies that make energy transition possible.
Intel’s Commitment to Sustainability
Intel® IoT and smart energy solutions are helping energy providers transform their environments. Integrated energy providers are collaborating with Intel and our partners to build carbon-neutral data centers, optimize operations, and enable new services. Oil and gas producers are using Intel® technology to reduce their carbon footprints while maximizing production.
Intel is committed to working with its partners and customers to create a more responsible, inclusive, and sustainable world. From championing emissions reductions in the semiconductor industry to pursuing carbon-neutral computing, Intel continues to raise the bar for itself and other industry leaders.
Frequently Asked Questions
IoT smart energy refers to energy production and delivery that employ IoT-enabled sensors, devices, and analytics to enable operational insights, dynamically manage assets, and reduce maintenance and transmission costs.
A microgrid is a decentralized energy system that typically serves a discrete community (e.g., a campus, hospital, or neighborhood) and also connects to the traditional power grid. Microgrids often incorporate disparate power sources like solar panels, wind turbines, and generators.
A smart grid is an electrical power network that incorporates data and analytics to reduce costs and improve performance and reliability. Smart grids allow consumers to access their usage data to reduce power consumption and costs.
Sometimes referred to as clean energy, renewable energy is power derived from natural, replenishable sources. Common carbon-neutral sources include sunlight, wind power, and geothermal heat. Intel® technologies help enable renewable energy solutions for business and home use.
Smart utilities are utility providers that use IoT-connected sensors and analytics to deliver services more efficiently and cost-effectively. Smart utilities leverage digital capabilities to dynamically optimize multiple power sources and provide a broader range of customer services.