On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on technology and “big data” in electric power with Houston Public Media News 88.7 Business Reporter Andrew Schneider.
The Electric Power Analytics Consortium (EPAC), which started in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston, allowed faculty and industry professionals to identify tools and techniques to analyze “big data” that comes from the new sensor and communication technology that collects massive amounts of data.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair Badri Roysam, recently stopped by Bauer Business focus to discuss how data can help the electricity industry identify potential threats.
“EPAC started out of necessity. If you look at the electric power industry, it has undergone a profound transformation in the past decade,” Roysam said. “There is a compelling need for tools and techniques that can make sense of this so-called ‘big data.’”
The data will help the industry to protect power grids and ensure they are reliable, identify potential threats and neutralize them early and understand customers’ needs. EPAC will also use the data to better prepare power outages caused by hurricanes and other major storms. The sensors will send information when hurricanes are over that will help crews to restore power as soon as possible, Roysam said.
“When you have a hurricane, you need to know a bunch of things. For example, you need to know the path of the hurricane,” Roysam added. “Once you have an indication of that, you can look up the status of all the equipment in its path and try to see if they are prepared to withstand the hurricane.”
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