Paul GrImshaw Co-Founder and CTO & Gaby Amiel Co-Founder and CEO
Today, more than 100 countries including the UK have committed to attaining carbon neutrality by 2050. The renewable energy industry has a pivotal role to play in this seismic shift, but this can only be achieved if sites are being run with maximum efficiency and minimum downtime. Using data to better understand asset performance must therefore be at the heart of the strategy.
Renewable energy projects produce high volumes of structured and unstructured data which is technical, logistical and financial. To process this sea of information, renewable energy players are increasingly relying on data platforms to combine and analyse it. Sennen is a disruptive software provider for renewable energy market leaders. Data analytics is at the heart of Sennen’s offer and it is revolutionising the sector by driving operational efficiency, improving asset management, and maximising revenue.
Sennen provides a cloud-based, modular asset management system built specifically for renewable energy assets, including the rapidly emerging offshore wind sector. Remarkably, Sennen is one of the few software providers in the market today that centralises all necessary operation and maintenance (O&M) functionalities on a single platform. The breadth and depth of its system offers a 360-degree view of assets and related data. It combines different data types from multiple sources and puts it in one place to deliver razor-sharp insights. From optimising asset management, operations, and health and safety, to automating repetitive tasks, it helps clients develop a data-driven strategy that can connect and enhance their entire business.
“Sennen replaces a huge amount of extraneous communication and data processing and pulls it all into one centralised system that everybody can access, simplifying and streamlining the whole process,” says Gaby Amiel, co-founder and CEO at Sennen. What drives Sennen ahead of its competition is its tailor made approach to developing the asset management software that exactly meets the clients’ needs.
Sennen replaces a huge amount of extraneous communication and data processing and pulls everything into one centralised system that everybody can access; simplifying and streamlining the whole process
“We are more than a software provider; we work as a technology partner. We delve beneath the surface to understand the needs of our clients before building the software for them,” says Paul Grimshaw, co-founder and CTO of Sennen. Moreover, the software is simple and quick to deploy. Being modular in structure, it can be rolled out piece by piece without making a big upfront commitment.
According to Gaby, the renewables sector is still in its early stages of identifying best practices in O&M and establishing industry-wide standards. While O&M costs constitute a sizeable share of the total annual costs of renewable energy infrastructure (>30%), there has been a dearth of specialised ERP type systems in the sector. The industry has has to rely on generic or compartmentalised software, resulting in disjointed and cumbersome work processes. For instance, an offshore wind project uses an average of four distinct software programs and countless spreadsheets to manage their workflow. With more than three decades of combined experience in the sector, Gaby and Paul experienced this stumbling block first-hand and decided to tackle it head-on. It led to the foundation of Sennen, which is now partnering some of the leading players in the renewable energy industry. Looking at offshore wind in more detail, Sennen is breaking with the old model of isolated marine coordination software. Instead, Sennen offers offshore wind farms a centralised system that can perform a diverse range of functions, including work optimisation, transfer planning, performance monitoring, and asset integrity management. Besides providing a plethora of features, such as live scheduling, risk insights monitoring, and setting customised key performance indicators (KPIs), it is also packed with automated safety features that can generate restrictions to unchecked equipment and set multiple alerts to proactively prevent health hazards or accidents.
The industry increasingly needs comprehensive monitoring solutions like this, which combine hardware and software with data analytics. Sennen is constantly upgrading its purpose-built software to tackle evolving challenges. For example, the Sennen team is currently working on a lost production feature that can identify the reasons behind loss in production for each wind turbine. With its technical expertise and industry knowledge, Sennen is all set to disrupt the sector and introduce smarter ways of working.