The first two articles in this series aimed to demystify two terms that we’re hearing a lot these days: Big data and advanced analytics. In this final article, my goal is to explain a term that is less commonly heard, but equally relevant to the biorefining sector: The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Before getting to grips with IIoT, let’s cover the Internet of Things (IoT). Sometimes described as ‘machine to machine communication’, IoT is essentially about data transfer. It describes the ability of machines (things) to connect via the internet. This connection allows them to gather and exchange data in such a way that the machines themselves can make data-based decisions.
This week’s news roundup showcases some positive biofuel industry statistics, from a notable rise in U.S. ethanol exports to a seasonal ethanol market upswing. Plus, read about a study showing which energy industry segment is proving itself to be a good fit for veterans.
In the first article of this series, Frank Moore gave an overview of the large volumes of data flowing into an ethanol plant’s control system every day. This data contains valuable information that can help plants focus on key decisions – the ones that will improve their performance. But the question is how to realize the data’s full potential. The answer – as Frank explained – is advanced analytics. In this article, we’re going to dig into a ‘hard’ example of advanced analytics in practice in ethanol plants.
Corn ethanol could be the solution to the sugarcane off-season that Brazil has been looking for. Plus, more fuel choices are in store for Texas’ Dallas-Fort Worth region. Keep reading for these stories and more in your weekly bioenergy news roundup!