Digital transformation of energy companies: A colombian case study

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    Abstract

    The United Nations established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the fulfill-ment of the 7th, defined as “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all”, requires energy industry transitions and digital transformations, which implies that diverse stakeholders need to move fast to allow the growth of more flexible power systems. This paper contains the case report that addresses the commercial digital transformation process developed at AES Colombia, through the implementation of a modern platform based on specialized applications that use Industry 4.0 tools. The Chivor hydropower project, a 1000-MW powerplant that covers 6% of Colombia’s demand, which is owned by AES Colombia and constitutes its primary asset, is first described. Then, a description of Colombia’s complex market (energy matrix, trading and dispatch mechanisms, and future projects) is presented. Then, the methodology followed for the digital transformation process using modern tools is described. The project, conceived as a broad framework, comprises applications for the management of hydrological, operational, and market information, commercial information systems and platforms to facilitate consultation and analysis by different users. Such an innovative project in the Latin American context has been developed in order reduce risks and to contribute to a sustainable energy supply for the future.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2523
    JournalEnergies
    Volume14
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 May 2021

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    This work was developed with the funding of AES Colombia and is partially registered in the Colombian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (Minciencias) as a technological development project “Plataforma de transformación digital, oportuna y analítica del relacionamiento con los clientes en AES CHIVOR, en cuanto a datos, información, operaciones y procesos de compra y venta de energía”. as allowed by the National Tax Benefits Council, Project 78584. The authors would like to thank AES Colombia and all the teams that have participated within Chivor’s Digital Transformation Project.

    Funding Information:
    Funding: This work was developed with the funding of AES Colombia and is partially registered in the Colombian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (Minciencias) as a technological development project “Plataforma de transformación digital, oportuna y analítica del relacionamiento con los clientes en AES CHIVOR, en cuanto a datos, información, operaciones y procesos de compra y venta de energía”. as allowed by the National Tax Benefits Council, Project 78584.

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    Keywords

    • Artificial intelligence
    • Digital transformation
    • Energy commercialization
    • Energy trading
    • Energy transition
    • Hydropower projects
    • Industry 4.0
    • Renewable energy
    • Risk management

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