The principle “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” also applies to digitalisation. In the current day and age there is an app for almost anything, just not for small hydropower plants. Unlike with large hydropower installations, there are no customised solutions for smaller ones to monitor, analyse and optimise processes. Small plants are often fully automated and operated without the assistance of extra personnel.
Developing a one single solution that serves different types of hydropower plants turned out to be quite challenging since every such plant is constructed differently. For example, the number of valves, pumps sensors and other units is always different.
Thus, Voith needed a smart, adaptive solution that could be implemented by their customers with little barriers to investment.