C3 Energy: C3 CyberPhysix- Disrupting Energy Value Chain

Thomas M. Siebel, CEO
With machine learning and big data analytics, the Internet of Energy is enabling energy companies to harness data to improve all aspects of their operations – from exploration and production to refining and retail. “This would drive fundamental and ubiquitous changes in the ways we work, communicate, and operate business processes,” says Siebel. This Redwood City, CA-based firm enables energy companies to realize the full benefit of their Internet of Things (IoT) and system investments.

The company by leveraging the power of big data, advanced analytics, social networking, machine learning, and cloud computing works to enhance the safety, reliability, and efficiency of power generation and delivery. The firm is transforming the energy value chain with a family of tested and proven SaaS applications built upon C3’s CyberPhysix platform. This comprehensive operating platform is deployed for industrial-scale cyber physical applications in energy industry to deliver end-to-end solutions across the power, oil, and gas value chains. The C3 CyberPhysix also enables users to develop cyber-physical applications, which are software programs that control physical entities. Later, the applications collect data from customers and devices, and correlate it with the operational systems that the energy companies use to manage their grids and distribution systems.

Applications developed on C3 CyberPhysix can amass data from independent data sources and millions of sensors clocking the process at over 1.5 million transactions per second. The applications collect loads of granular data from disparate systems across the power grid—from transformers, to smart meters, to synchrophasors, and generation facilities. The collected data is then stored in the cloud and analyzed thoroughly to help utilities save money and implement their grid technology efficiently. “This unique trait makes the apps well-suited for power companies, which are transforming their computer and operating systems to better deal with smart meters, buildings and grids; distributed and intermittent energy sources,” says Siebel.
These applications help identify energy theft, predict energy load, balance grid voltage, reduce business and residential energy consumption, run smart meters efficiently, and determine risks and hazards on the network.


C3 CyberPhysix can amass data from independent data sources and millions of sensors clocking the process at over 1.5 million transactions per second


In one instance, an Italian energy house, Enel’s power generation capacity exceeded the net installed capacity by 94 GW. The company distributed electricity and gas through a network spanning 1.9 million km to serve approximately 61 million customers and refurbish its grid systems. To support its continued grid modernization strategy, Enel began working with C3 Energy as its enterprise smart grid applications technology partner. The company and its subsidiaries by leveraging C3 Energy’s platform and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications improved operational efficiency, addressed energy loss, and proactively identified and rectified network malfunctions and unsafe conditions. C3 CyberPhysix, C3 Energy’s platform for developing industrial scale IoT applications and the smart grid applications enabled Enel’s digital transformation, outlining their business value. “Our C3 Energy smart grid solutions are spread out across 44 million meters in Italy and Spain which will fit the bill to deliver €15 per meter in annual economic benefit to Enel and its customers,” points out Siebel.

Once a nascent market at the beginning of the 21st century, smart grid is advancing at a rapid rate—310 million smart meters have been installed globally. “Collectively, the smart devices generate massive amounts of information. Hence, we are committed to advancing the state-of-the-art science of smart grid analytics in the hope of making a substantial contribution to the important dialogue on the future of energy,” concludes Siebel

Company
C3 Energy

Headquarters
Redwood City, CA

Management
Thomas M. Siebel, CEO

Description
C3 Energy enables energy companies to realize the full benefit of their IoT and system investments