8power named by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in IoT Thingification

8power is delighted to announce that it has been named by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in the May 2020 Cool Vendors in IoT Thingification report. (Gartner “Cool Vendors in IoT Thingification,” Bill Ray, et al, 14 May 2020)

 

8power Gartner Cool Vendor

 

Said Paul Egan, CEO of 8power, “We are thrilled to be named a Cool Vendor by Gartner.  Our innovative energy harvesting sensors are designed to help industry improve efficiency, save money and reduce carbon footprint.  In our view, this Gartner recognition validates our vision of helping water companies overcome resource limitations to diagnose problems with motorised assets early, reducing downtime and catastrophic failure.

 

We believe that the problem of powering systems in the field at low cost, efficiently and for extended periods has remained unsolved. Wired power is an option but comes with the costs and reliability of installing cables in an industrial environment.

 

Batteries provide an alternative power solution and are good in certain applications. What is really needed is a renewable power source that can operate maintenance free, for up to 10 years. 8power delivers this with its energy harvesting sensors.”

 

As Gartner states in the report “replacing batteries is expensive, and scales badly, so techniques to reduce power consumption, and exploit additional sources of power, are critical. We believe that the added benefit is that there are no wires to deal with, making installation and maintenance easier.  Furthermore, the sensors use a rechargeable cell that contains a significantly lower level of lithium than single use primary cell.”

 

The report further states, “this year we have selected Cool Vendors which can help create viable projects by reducing operational costs, pushing intelligence to the very edge of the network, and providing enough power to keep it operational at any scale.”

 

Gartner outlines in the report that “even where the ambient resources aren’t sufficient to provide all the energy needed, harvested power can be usefully harnessed. A recharging battery can, for example, allow intermittent use powered by constant harvesting. Battery life can also be significantly extended by constant topping up, reducing the frequency with which replacements are needed.”

 

The business model and return on investment is compelling — the cost of replacing batteries can be measured against the cost of the energy-harvesting hardware.  Sensor technology eliminates costly shocks and surprises and helps extend the shelf life of capital equipment.  In the water industry machines can be run for too long leading to replacement costs in the £millions.  Sensors keep on eye on assets and help diagnose issues early leading to early intervention and reduced downtime and costs.  The technology does not just improve asset monitoring and maintenance but can be seen as a financial planning tool.

 

One company that 8power has been working with is Severn Trent.  In a pilot project, a sensor detected a fault with the housing around a bearing casing.  8power technology enabled the company to take action early, saving it £462,000.

 

With greater intelligence, powered from ambient energy sources and designed to take maximum advantage of the required result, there are very few instances where IoT thingification can’t deliver an effective (and demonstrable) return on investment according to Gartner.

 

Gartner subscribers can view the full Cool Vendors in IoT Thingification report here.

 

Gartner “Cool Vendors in IoT Thingification,” Bill Ray, et al, 14 May 2020

 

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8power & Severn Trent Condition Monitoring Project Shortlisted for Industry Water Award

8power and Severn Trent Water are delighted to be shortlisted for a Water Industry Award in the category “Most Innovative Use of Existing Technology”.

 

Project Delivers Substantial Savings

 

8power has completed a successful project with Severn Trent at its Thermal Hydrolysis Plant (THP) at Minworth wastewater treatment works. The pilot delivered substantial cost savings.  As a result, a new maintenance regime has been developed at the £60 million plant utilising 8power’s “Fit & Forget” technology.  The system monitors asset health and usage to flag anomalies or changing trends enabling a more proactive maintenance approach.  During the pilot, 8power’s system identified an asset that had random impact forces enabling Severn Trent Water to remedy the situation and save thousands of pounds.

 

Said Alan Butcher, Strategic Maintenance Manager of Severn Trent’s Bioresources team,

 

“Working with 8power and Severn Trent Innovation team we have been monitoring the health of a few of our critical assets. Looking at the data, we had found one of our assets had random impact forces. If this had been a fault with the asset, the impacts would always be present. So this triggered a question. What is going on? The 8power system identified an issue with the pin and the pump housing. The fault was rectified instantly and a plan to replace the damaged housing in the March shutdown is in place. If we had not detected the problem, the assets would have destroyed itself without any indication. A great find and a huge costly maintenance plan of £462,000 avoided.”

 

Reducing carbon footprint with energy harvesting sensors

 

The 8power end to end system comprises sensors that deliver data to the cloud that can then be integrated with existing software systems through an Application Programming Interface (API).  A unique feature of 8power sensors is when the sensor is mounted on a pump or motor, the vibration from the asset operation is converted into electrical energy. This renewable energy source powers the sensors and wireless system and eliminates battery changes for up to 10 years. It is therefore much cleaner than other sensor systems and will also help water companies to mitigate the costs and risk of unplanned maintenance. Unplanned maintenance and downtime can cost £18,000 a minute. The technology can therefore deliver substantial cost savings . Data can be delivered directly to mobile devices via an app or to desktop computers.

 

Peace of mind with regard to network resilience and asset availability

 

The system gives peace of mind as it can detect changes in vibration, temperature and humidity, delivering data insights to enable companies to help prioritise maintenance issues across the estate of assets. Other benefits include reducing downtime and repair costs as well as increasing network resilience and asset availability to meet regulatory targets for Outcome Delivery Incentive (ODI) payments.

 

The data obtained during this pilot evidenced hard financial benefits of using a ‘fit and forget’ style proactive condition monitoring approach. Given this, the Bioresources team are now reviewing potential larger deployments based on criticality and asset health registers.  Additionally, following successful trial results, the Severn Trent Innovation team is now also collaborating with other areas of the business to review potential deployment on various asset classes.

 

The Water Industry Awards will be presented on 30th July.

 

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