Energy Informatics (EI) builds software-as-a-service applications for portfolio- and fleet-level asset management of distributed energy resources. Our initial product offering is an cloud-based applications suite for financiers, integrators, and O&M providers in the solar PV industry. Functions include project and product valuation, data validation, automated diagnostics, service management, financial and performance reporting, notification management, and invoicing. All functions can be accessed through the EI Operations Center user interface, or through a RESTful web service API, for integration with existing software applications. The applications are designed for maximum functionality with the least possible human interaction, so that large numbers of assets can be managed by few personnel.
EI staff members have been developing software for energy service providers for well over a decade, including several generations of customer-facing information products and the back-office systems used to invoice billions of dollars of energy revenue. Our most recent experience has been in building the industry-leading monitoring, back-office, and ops center platforms for a leading solar energy provider. Let us help you be equally successful.
Energy Informatics Back Office Suite (EIBOS)
Energy Informatics offers a suite of APIs to implement the major back-office functions of distributed energy service providers. These functions can be integrated into any existing software system capable of accessing external services. We also offer a thin-client front end for our tool set that can be used for specific areas of functionality, or as a fully-capable distributed generation asset management platform. Our offerings include the following:
- Energy Informatics Operations Center (EIOC) – a thin-client application built on the EIBOS suite currently incorporating fleet-, portfolio-, and site-level KPI dashboards; financial and production performance screening tools, diagnostics, service ticketing, service management, reporting, and project valuation.
- Energy Informatics Monetization Engine (EIME) – a web service for contemporaneous transformation of interval energy production and consumption data into financial equivalents to enable investment analysis, energy management, outage/underperformance costing, and service optimization
- Energy Informatics Project Evaluator (EIPE) – a web service for calculating the revenue and savings streams for a particular solar project, the break-even electricity price for a project, or the revenue attributable to a specific set of product or contract terms for any number of projects
- Energy Informatics Billing Engine (EIBE) – a web service for generating invoices based on a set of contract terms and energy production, consumption, or savings data. EIBE supports a wide range of energy product types including cash sales, leases, maintenance services, performance guarantees, and a variety of power purchase agreements.
- Energy Informatics Reporting Engine (EIRE) – a web service to generate and deliver reports related to production, financial performance, service, and reliability of distributed generation assets.
- Energy Informatics Diagnostics Engine (EIDE) – a web service that processes energy production data, environmental measurements, system specifications, and financial data to identify and quantify the value of outages, underperformance and other operational issues in distributed generation systems
- Energy Informatics Service Optimizer (EISO) – a web service that combines cost/benefit prioritization of outage response and preventive maintenance with work order management. This service can be used as is, or in conjunction with existing service management applications
- Energy Informatics Notifications Engine (EINE) – a web service that manages message distribution related to production alerts, service orders, billing, and reports, including options for acknowledgement, reminders, and escalation
- Energy Informatics Validation Engine (EIVE) – a web service for validation, estimation and editing of solar energy production and facility load interval data to a level necessary for high-accuracy monetization, financial reporting, and revenue billing.
Energy Informatics Operations Center (EIOC)
EIOC provides a fully-functional asset management tool for managing one or multiple portfolios of distributed generation assets. Built by people with front-line experience managing a large, multi-portfolio fleet (>500 sites), EIOC is focused on high volume and high efficiency. Automated features reduce the workload associated with data visualization, outage and underperformance diagnostics, service prioritization, reporting, and invoicing. The EIOC includes KPI dashboard view at plant, portfolio, or fleet levels that can be deployed without modification for kiosk applications (see below).
EIOC is fully brandable and customizable, and the interface code can be licensed to customers with development resources who want to jump-start their own platform development efforts using EI tools. Additional detail is available in our Product Brief.
Operations Center Dashboard View
Energy Informatics Monetization Engine (EIME)
EIME is a web service application that transforms interval energy time series data into a corresponding financial time series by applying one or more sets of valuation criteria including utility tariffs, power purchase agreement rates, incentives, or renewable energy credits. This process can serve a number of functions, including the following:
- Market, product, and contract analysis and valuation
- Energy management/alert costing
- Validation of energy savings investments
- Outage and underperformance cost estimation
- Financial reporting
The EIME service process is coupled to a database of rate and tariff information collected primarily from utility web sites, but including 3rd-party supplier rates as well as renewable energy incentive rates and credits. All rate terms have start and end date-time values, and can include anything from real-time prices to effectively static rates. EI provides a simple RESTful API for data exchange, and three data transfer processes (drop box, asynchronous, or synchronous) to match your internal process requirements. Pricing is a function of quantity and data access frequency. There is no minimum on sites subscribed, although there are significant quantity price discounts. Below is an example of a customer-facing UI for monetized data. This graph displays the savings attributable to solar production within the context of overall energy costs. Additional information is available in our Product Brief.
A monetized energy consumption and production profile from the Energy Informatics Operations Center UI
Energy Informatics Project Evaluator (EIPE)
The Project Evaluation API leverages the capabilities of the EI Monetization engine to generate the data for both customer and provider evaluations of a proposed solar energy project. The data includes values such as expected production by month and year, pre- and post-installation energy bills, and savings relative to utility energy. Data outputs for providers include a table of rate options, expected revenue, and margins. Both versions operate in batch, synchronous, and asynchronous modes to support a variety of back-office and on-line services. EIPE can be used for customer-facing analyses in sales proposals, for internal analysis of margins and the breakeven price, or for evaluating the profitability of new products. With the addition of some simple scripting, EIPE can be used for portfolio- or market-level analysis. Additional information is available in our Product Brief.
Energy Informatics Billing Engine (EIBE)
EIBE generates invoices based on a set of contract terms and energy production, consumption, or savings data. EIBE supports a wide range of energy product types including cash sales, leases, maintenance services, performance guarantees, and a variety of power purchase agreements, including those involving shared-savings or end-of-period reconciliation. EIBE is notable for its wide range of output options, ranging from individual invoice line-items to fully-rendered PDF documents delivered as attachments or via e-mailed URL. EI personnel have extensive experience in developing energy invoicing applications that can help you meet your most complex invoicing requirements. Additional information is available in our Product Brief.
Energy Informatics Reporting Engine (EIRE)
EIRE reduces the burden associated with report generation and distribution by providing a set of highly-detailed yet concise automated reports. These reports answer key financial, performance, reliability, and service questions for asset managers, owners, and financial institutions. They can be modified via the API or within the EI Operations Center UI, or fully customized to your requirements. An example of standard financial performance report is below. Additional information is available in our Product Brief.
A standard Energy Informatics Performance Report
Energy Informatics Diagnostics Engine (EIDE)
EIDE applies analytics to data from distributed energy monitoring systems. By executing a cascading series of diagnostics rules, EIDE quickly identifies power plants in need of service and pinpoints problematic subsystems to provide actionable intelligence to service providers. In addition to the primary function of identifying the key performance issues within a flood of monitoring data, EIDE provides the input to long-term analyses directed at “closing the loop” between procurement, construction, reliability, and ROI. Please contact us to discuss the best means of efficiently deriving maximum diagnostic value from your plant monitoring data.
Energy Informatics Service Optimizer (EISO)
EISO maximizes portfolio- and fleet-level ROI by leveraging the EI Monetization Engine to quantify the impact of outages, underperformance and other operational issues in dollars rather than kilowatt-hours. By normalizing all performance-related issues to financial equivalents, EISO prioritizes service activity for maximum financial benefit across the portfolio or fleet, within constraints such as performance guarantees, service response agreements, or availability of appropriate service resources. Although EISO includes full work order management capabilities, it can also be used in conjunction with existing service management applications. Contact us for additional details.
Energy Informatics Notifications Engine (EINE)
EINE is a tool that can be used for rule-based message distribution, whether inside an enterprise or to outside vendors or customers. EINE adds “intelligence” to the EI Ops Center applications by managing the delivery of production alerts, service orders, billing, and reports, including options for acknowledgement, reminders, and escalation. EINE capabilities are exposed in our API to be used for any messaging function you require. Contact us for additional details.
Energy Informatics Validation Engine (EIVE)
EIVE applies industry-standard validation, estimation, and editing rules to energy production and facility load data for high-accuracy monetization, financial reporting, and revenue billing. Please contact Energy Informatics to discuss your particular data quality challenges.