The Louisville Gas and Electric company was unable to effectively analyze terabytes of power plant sensor data. LG&E utilizes a third-party vendor software (OSISoft) which contains a large network of sensors that are installed throughout their power plant facilities. The power plants have multiple generation units with different equipment configurations. (Power plant equipment includes coal-fired boilers that generate high-pressure steam, turbines that rotate with high-pressure steam, generators that produce electricity, Air Quality Control Systems (AQCS), pumps, cooling systems, and other pipeline equipment). In total, the number of unique equipment sensors was over 70K.
After careful analysis of the vendor system and utilizing the vendor’s .NET source code, KiZAN was able to extract thousands of records every twenty minutes. This was then used to perform three operations:
After weeks of processing, a dataset of billions of records totaling 5 terabytes was loaded onto an IBM Netezza appliance.