Making Renewable Energy More Efficient with Time Series Data

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Making Renewable Energy More Efficient with Time Series Data

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Renewable energy is more important than ever, so integrating advanced technologies is pivotal for enhancing efficiency and reliability. Among these technologies, time series databases, particularly InfluxDB, are proving instrumental. This article delves into how the renewable energy sector uses time series data, offering insight into energy production and consumption patterns, and facilitating more informed decision-making and operational efficiencies.

Time Series Data: A Cornerstone for Renewable Energy Optimization

The fluctuating nature of renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro necessitates robust systems that can adapt to changing conditions and optimize output. Time series data, characterized by sequential data points indexed in time order, is a critical tool in this regard. It enables energy operators to monitor and analyze energy production and consumption over time, providing a dynamic view of performance and the ability to predict future trends.

Operational Challenges and Technological Solutions

Renewable energy operations face unique challenges, including variable energy production, maintenance scheduling, and remote location of assets. Time series databases like InfluxDB offer a solution by enabling the collection, storage, and real-time analysis of vast amounts of sensor data from these energy systems. This data helps in pinpointing inefficiencies, predicting equipment failures, and scheduling maintenance only when necessary—or even proactively if using advanced predictive analytics—thereby reducing operational costs and downtime.

Case Studies in Efficiency

1. Teréga’s New Data Historian: Teréga Solutions used InfluxDB as one of the core components when it built IO-Base, a cloud-based data historian replacement. IO-Base offers a variety of user interfaces with selectable characteristics based on user preference. These front-end applications enable data retrieval, visualizations, user management, and the creation of new metrics using formulas. Teréga uses IO-Base to gather data from its mixed, multi-energy sources.

2. EnerKey’s Indoor Energy Management: In Finland, EnerKey uses InfluxDB to analyze energy consumption data within buildings. By integrating time series data with weather and geospatial data, EnerKey helps facilities optimize their energy use, significantly reducing their environmental impact and operational costs.

3. Graphite Energy’s Thermal Energy Storage Systems: In Australia, Graphite Energy employs InfluxDB to optimize the performance of its Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems, which are crucial for decarbonizing industrial energy use. The detailed data collected helps in creating accurate digital twins of field devices, enhancing predictive maintenance and system efficiency.

The Strategic Advantage of InfluxDB in Industrial IoT

For industrial IoT applications within the energy sector, InfluxDB provides a scalable, reliable, and efficient platform for data management. Its ability to handle high-velocity and high-volume data streams makes it an ideal choice for environments where operational conditions rapidly change. The insights derived from this data are not just operational but strategic, enabling energy companies to make quicker, data-driven decisions that align with sustainability goals.


As the renewable energy sector continues to grow and evolve, the role of sophisticated data management systems like InfluxDB becomes increasingly critical. By leveraging the power of time series data, energy companies can enhance their operational efficiencies, reduce environmental impact, and contribute more effectively to global energy sustainability efforts. For those in the industrial IoT space, understanding and implementing such technologies will be key to staying competitive and future-ready in a green economy.

About the author

Jason MyersThis article was written by Jason Myers. He is currently a Content Marketing Manager at InfluxData. He earned a PhD in modern Irish history from Loyola University Chicago. Since then, he has used the writing skills he developed in his academic work to create content for a range of startup and technology companies.


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