The stable development of a city is inseparable from the night lights
Although it is difficult for the general public to understand the significance of transmission towers and power towers, it is natural to feel the importance of the existence of the power industry as an important part of infrastructure when seeing the busy city wrapped in the tender night after work
From the early days of the founding of new China, the power industry is still focusing on “meeting the basic supply”, to now has been transformed into “meeting the needs of a better life”, from “backward power production” to “unbalanced and inadequate” iterative stage, the power industry has always been the most grass-roots, the most practical attitude, for all kinds of urban modernization, contributing its own light.
When the clarion call of the times is sounded, a question worthy of attention is: in the “new infrastructure” wave in full swing, will the soaring national electricity consumption of nearly 20% have an impact on the existing urban distribution network?
The bigger issue is that when the digital transformation is driving into the deep water area, the traditional power industry, whether in the distribution of Internet of things, power grid inspection, or station level edge cloud, needs a new generation of digital technology. Where is the “knower” who fills the huge gap between the traditional industrial business scene and the application of digital technology?
Everyone is thinking calmly, but someone must be enthusiastic at this time. In an article written by Zhang Yande, general manager of Huawei’s power business department of China’s government enterprises, I found the posture of “know-how” and the base of technological innovation.
This kind of “understanding of power” is to immerse in it and understand the development trend and challenges of digital transformation in the power industry. The real “line” is to focus on the industry and understand the pain points, difficulties and needs of customers in the power industry.
Zhang Yande said in this article that when Huawei’s “know-how” and digital technology advantages play a role together, the power industry is likely to make 5g, cloud, AI, big data, Internet of things and other new generation of digital technologies take root and blossom in this era of electric flint, so as to help China’s power industry with digital transformation and intelligent upgrading, and build a sustainable energy platform Networking ecosystem.
This is the surging posture of Chinese light controllers in the new era.
01 the courage of “understanding pedestrians” to enter the game
As Zhang Yande said, digital service is full of vitality.
Under the background of “new infrastructure” and the accelerated digital wave under the epidemic situation, there is a huge imagination space for the transformation of the power industry.
In particular, when a large number of 5g base stations, edge computing servers and charging piles of electric vehicles in urban areas will put forward higher demand for the existing urban distribution network, and a large number of large-scale data centers in the western region will also increase local power consumption, a new system of “digital perception”, “network connection” and “intelligent platform application” must be opened as soon as possible So that the “new infrastructure” can be successfully implemented in the energy industry.
Of course, the deep integration of watt and bit is not easy. There is still a long way to go for the new economic development model with technological innovation as the core driving force to be truly implemented.
An important challenge is that in the past few decades, the electric power industry has completed overtaking on the curve through the advantages of cost and scale. However, at the new node of the era, when digitization, cleaning and transparency are regarded as the new direction of the future development of the industry, a new leader has not yet been born.
At this time, innovation and transformation has become the primary task of the industry.
When the authorities in the industry do not know where to start management innovation and technological innovation, when the pessimist sighs the end of the youth of the traditional power industry, Huawei is singing loudly.
This era will never fail people’s efforts, especially Huawei’s long-term focus and dedication in the power industry.
In fact, no digital technology service provider can better understand their own needs than enterprises, which also means that no company can meet the needs of customers 100%. However, Huawei’s “know-how” lies in helping it sort out and express “the most important and core links” from the perspective of enterprises, so as to make the core business scenarios and digital technology applications have an excellent fit.
This excellent fit can often make the enterprise in the race, with the opponent to open a half or even a position.
In the digital era, digital transformation and innovation need to be put on the agenda. The focus is that the competition in the power industry has gone far beyond the historical vertical line, and the horizontal competition is the gold point in the future. The well-known end-users of distributed energy, new energy power enterprises and technology and Internet enterprises may become new entrants and competitive forces in the industry in the future.
To be exact, Huawei has such foresight and anticipation for the development of the industry. This is mainly due to the transformation and innovation of many traditional industries involving infrastructure and manufacturing. Therefore, its exploration experience on the road of digital transformation is particularly valuable for enterprises in the power industry.
When Huawei uses its own core understanding of digital transformation and the leading edge formed by long-term investment in technology, standing on the pain points and difficulties of the industry, deeply analyzes the needs of various core business scenarios, the power industry naturally begins to take on a new look.
02 watt and bit’s face to face dance
This new look is not a simple change of operation interface or improvement of human efficiency, but in all links from power grid to power generation. As described by Zhang Yande, the application of digital technology has sunk into every detail of power business scene, making the industry burst out with “unprecedented power”.
This is reflected in the subtle, a fist size of coal is worthy of close attention.
In winter, the temperature of Huaneng Yimin Power Plant in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, has been – 30 ℃ for a long time, with the lowest temperature of – 40 ℃. In this environment, it is very difficult to manually complete the inspection of 115 coal belts with a total length of 38 km. However, the inspection work is of great significance. If a fist sized coal is burned, if it is not handled in time, it may cause a fire in the coal conveying Gallery, with a loss of at least 500000 to 1 million yuan.
Under the function of “video + AI + IOT sensor”, the intelligent inspection system built by Huawei realizes fault or risk identification such as belt tearing, coal blocking, coal scattering, coal detection, belt pleating, plug board position detection, face recognition, vehicle recognition, safety helmet recognition, work clothes recognition, skin block valgus detection, image comparison, etc.
At present, the pilot use in Huaneng Yimin Power Plant solves the inspection problem of monitoring center, reduces the labor intensity of manual inspection by more than 50%, and effectively reduces the labor cost.
As we mentioned earlier, the deep integration of bit and watt is not easy. To sink into the most subtle business scenario is the attitude of “understanding pedestrians”, and only when the two really dance closely can watt play a greater value.
This is because people will pay attention to the core business scenarios, but some related links and details may be inadvertently ignored. That’s why when the transformation of intelligent patrol was promoted, Huawei found that there were a large number of invalid pictures and video clips in enterprise monitoring. In Zhang Yande’s words, it was visible, but it was not understood.
In this case, what “know pedestrian” needs to do is not only the digitization in the shallow sense, but also the information flow represented by bits to drive and activate the power industry with watt as the unit.
Specifically, in the field of distribution Internet, what Huawei has done is to configure more than 100000 new intelligent distribution transformer terminals with edge computing capability installed in Jiangsu and Shandong, so that they can realize fault risk early warning, power outage intelligent research and judgment, and fault active and accurate repair.
The bigger breakthrough is that after the technology upgrade, the first intelligent fusion terminal applying cloud choreography technology has been successfully put into operation in Hanzhong, Shaanxi Province. Only one intelligent fusion terminal is needed to ensure the consistency of marketing and distribution data from the source, reduce the repeated investment of front-end intelligent sensing devices, and reduce the complexity of terminal management.
In the face-to-face dance of bit and watt, the value of watt is redefined and estimated in this deep integration, whether it is the power distribution Internet of things or intelligent inspection.
In this kind of estimation, we find that when the megalith reverberates, the transformation of these core business systems releases huge incremental value, which makes it possible for the industry and its participants to see that the digital transformation of the power industry needs truly professional and leading partners who are knowledgeable in scene.
Huawei has accumulated deep internal strength and strong explosive power in terms of industry insight, technical expertise and ecological power.
03 Huawei ploughs deep into the future power digital world
In this deep internal strength and strong outbreak, a higher dimensional future power digital world is slowly unfolding. After covering the most core scenes and sinking the most subtle links, the industry seems to have been opened up from top to bottom, from point to surface, from surface to network, giving the whole city new vitality.
This is an important performance of Huawei’s deep integration of bit and watt in the future power digital world.
A typical example is that at the end of last year, Tianjin electric power and Huawei launched in-depth cooperation to successfully build a power grid cloud and data platform based on Kunpeng ecology, taking the lead in completing the connection of cloud platform, Internet of things management platform and data platform. Among them, the cloud platform can provide flexible and rich network, computing and storage environment for each business system, and the data center can collect massive data for power marketing business application and power consumption information collection system. These explorations have laid a solid foundation for in-depth mining of energy big data application scenarios and values, and also improved the rudiment of urban “smart energy brain”.
Relying on the decision analysis platform of the energy big data center, the real-time, accurate and highly relevant power consumption data of enterprises will be found in the first time, which gives full play to the role of power big data as an economic barometer and wind vane, and also provides rapid research and judgment for the economic and social development of cities.
It is conceivable that a digital twin city is emerging. These cyberpunk words and ideas will no longer be imagined in science fiction movies, but a perceptible and predictable future.
In recent years, the energy transformation represented by the power industry is also a key link in the national economic transformation. In the process of pushing the energy Internet from the concept to the ground, from the new functions of virtual power plant test bed, such as artificial intelligence, edge computing, rapid decision-making, real-time networking, digital twin and so on, it is one of the main trends in the future development of digital power world to apply the Internet of things to the energy field and connect the concept theory with practical application.
For Huawei, the “pedestrian Savvy” company, whether in the past, now or in the future, it is committed to becoming a reliable target for digital transformation of the energy industry. Based on 5g, AI, cloud and other innovative ICT capabilities, it will achieve deep integration of watt and bit through three major solutions of digital grid, digital operation and digital service, and accelerate the digital transformation of the power industry.
On a larger scale, the rapid iteration of the industry and the landing of samples will make China’s technology and standards always in the leading position in the world, which may become an important engine in the wave of “new infrastructure” and a driving factor for Chinese enterprises to take the lead in a new round of international competition.
What’s valuable is that both the industry and Huawei are chasing the light together, which makes every individual, every enterprise and the whole industry have the power of continuous innovation and development.
Editor in charge ajx