AWS: smarter manufacturing with cloud and IoT technology
With industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 revolutionising manufacturing, we look at AWS’ services that can help organisations drive value from this change.
Harnessing its own Amazon Web Services (AWS) at its core, Amazon has been designing, manufacturing and distributing globally smart products that utilise cutting edge automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for over 25 years.
Amazon’s AWS, provides manufacturers with the ability to focus resources on optimising production, create new opportunities and improve operational efficiencies across the entire value chain.
“From product design to smart factory and smart products, AWS helps leading manufacturers transform their manufacturing operations with the most comprehensive and advanced set of cloud solutions available today, while taking advantage of the highest level of security,” says AWS.
How harnessing AWS Cloud can help manufacturers digital transform to improve business operations
Products and production design: by harnessing High Performance Computing (HPC) to solve complex problems, AWS focuses on product design; accelerating time-to-results and time-to-market; and reducing costs by providing optimized CPU, GPU, and FPGA servers on-demand.
Smart factory: to improve manufacturing operations, AWS harnesses its IoT services, edge computing, data lakes and advanced analytics to capture, analyse, visualise, and execute on plant floor data.
Smart products and services: by providing access to AWS’ IoT, machine learning, AI and Big Data services, AWS helps organisations innovative smart connected products by collecting, processing, storing, analysing and acting on machine data.
The Benefits of AWS for manufacturers
AWS works to provide its customers with that ability to easily build, tailor, categories and analyse data lakes, securely and in real time. As well as providing predictive analytics to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), service levels, product quality, and supply chain efficiency.
With AWS’ HPC, manufacturers can improve the pace of innovation, allowing organisations to reduce their time-to-results.
AWS offers pay-as-you-go microservices and serverless computing models to reduce the cost of running a connected plant or smart product program.
“Cloud security at AWS is the highest priority. As an AWS customer, you benefit from a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organisations,” states AWS.
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First Solar to Invest US$684mn in Indian Energy Sector
First Solar is about to set up a new photovoltaic (PV) thin-film solar manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, India. The 3.3GW factory will create 1,000 skilled jobs and is expected to launch its operations in Q3 of 2023. According to the company, India needs 25+ gigawatts of solar energy to be deployed each year for the next nine years. This means that many of First Solar’s Indian clients will jump at the chance to have access to the company’s advanced PV.
Said Mark Widmar, First Solar’s CEO: ‘India is an attractive market for First Solar not simply because our module technology is advantageous in its hot, humid climate. It’s an inherently sustainable market, underpinned by a growing economy and appetite for energy’.
A Bit of Background
First Solar is a leading global provider of photovoltaic systems. It uses advanced technology to generate clear, reliable energy around the world. And even though it’s headquartered in the US, the company has invested in storage facilities around the world. It displaced energy requirements for a desalination plant in Australia, launched a source of reliable energy in the Middle East (Dubai, UAE), and deployed over 4.5GW of energy across Europe with its First Solar modules.
The company is also known for its solar innovation, reporting that it sees gains in efficiency three times faster than multi-crystalline silicon technology. First Solar holds world records in thin-film cell conversion efficiency (22.1%) and module conversion efficiency (18.2%). Finally, it helps its partners develop, finance, design, construct, and operate PV power plants—which is exactly what we’re talking about.
How Will The Tamil Nadu Plant Work?
Tamil Nadu will use the same manufacturing template as First Solar’s new Ohio factory. According to the Times of India, the factory will combine skilled workers, artificial intelligence, machine-to-machine communication, and IoT connectivity. In addition, its operations will adhere to First Solar’s Responsible Sourcing Solar Principles, produce modules with a 2.5x lower carbon footprint, and help India become energy-independent. Said Widmar: ‘Our advanced PV module will be made in India, for India’.
After all, we must mention that part of First Solar’s motivation in Tamil Nadu is to ensure that India doesn’t rely on Chinese solar. ‘India stands apart in the decisiveness of its response to China’s strategy of state-subsidised global dominance of the crystalline silicon supply chain’, Widmar explained. ‘That’s precisely the kind of level playing field needed for non-Chinese solar manufacturers to compete on their own merits’.
According to First Solar, India’s model should be a template for like-minded nations. Widmar added: ‘We’re pleased to support the sustainable energy ambitions of a major US ally in the Asia-Pacific region—with American-designed solar technology’. To sum up: Indian solar power is yet the next development in the China-US trade war. Let the PV manufacturing begin.