Astec has joined forces with Keele University to participate in their Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) to investigate data analytics solutions focused on smart energy applications.
The initiative has been set up to demonstrate how smart energy supply networking, storage and monitoring can improve security and reduce costs and carbon emissions.
Part-funded from the European Regional Development Fund, and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the SEND project will promote the production of energy derived from renewable sources to research communities, local communities, government authorities and to the energy industry itself.
The project will see Astec work closely with the academic specialists at Keele University over the next 3 years, to help support research activity and commercialise the technology in the marketplace. As a GE Digital Alliance Partner, Astec will be using GE’s Predix Platform to collect and analyse data through the development of apps and micro services.
Astec’s Managing Director Andy Tripp says,
“It is a fantastic opportunity to be able to utilise the University’s facilities and smart energy network for research and development of innovative commercial product solutions. By identifying previously hidden patterns and relationships in data we will be able to positively impact on customers’ efficiency and cost base to provide them with a competitive edge.”
Commentating on the tie-up, SEND Director at Keele University Prof. Zhong Fan said,
“Astec is a great example of a technology company in Staffordshire now poised to exploit the potential of the Internet of Things, and our collaboration with them will be of mutual benefit.”
Astec Solutions has been delivering automation and production management software solutions into the Manufacturing, Utilities and Broadcast sectors for over 17 years. As well as solving the immediate operational challenges which often drive project engagement, Astec strives to ensure installed solutions turn the data within clients’ systems into insight, allowing them to achieve real improvements in the effectiveness and profitability of their business. As a GE Digital Alliance Partner, Astec leverages tools and technologies from GE to deliver real-time data solutions.
Chris Barlow, Astec Technical Director explains more about why Astec signed up to the SEND programme in this short video.