2017.04.20 Data Analytics and Optimization in Virtual Power Plant

Ask 10 Smart Energy guys what Virtual Power Plant is about, you will probably end up having 10 answers – all could be different but correct at the same time, seriously, legitimately, genuinely, correct.

To take the literal meaning of its name, VPP is just about having the power plants virtually displayed online (I am not a IT guy, I would guess there is nothing fancy about it). But that’s only the start of an entirely new evolution. What you do with the “digital copies” of the plants with all the “Big” data collected afterwards is in fact what defines virtual power plant. All kinds of the VPP derivatives, such as Asset Management, Demand Response, Micro-grid Management, Load Shedding, just to name a few, are the results coming out of this process. In here, Data Analytics and Optimization are the 2 most commonly referred to methods.

“Data Analytics” is less of a trouble to explain – anyone can bullshit in any direction and still manage to be right, it is simply too big a target to miss. Optimization, on the other hand, can be quite confusing. It is often to be either underestimated in its complexity, or mixed up with the concept of Data Analytics. Don’t get me wrong: optimization is probably part of Data Science in academic terms thus shares the same umbrella with Data Analytics. But if we are to look at it in the perspectives of business use cases and project deliverables, I would rather distinguish these 2 terminologies right from the beginning.

It is fairly challenging to do the explanation in pure text, so I took a comparison table here to help.

VPP DA OPT

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2017.03.25 Ocarina of Time

全世界都在忙着玩 Breath of the Wild 的时候,我刚第一次过了 Ocarina of Time。神作无疑!想着任地狱在20年前就能推出这样的作品就不由得让我心存敬畏。

都说最好的塞尔达是14岁时玩的。如果我能够在98年刚出版时就入手,这辈子恐怕我就没机会成为索青了。

OoT

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2017.03.21 财务工作有什么乐趣

其实我是个工程师背景读金融现做物联网的伪财务,真正“被逼”做财务工作一共不到一年,当时负责某跨国制造公司代工业务 Finance & Accounting 部门的财务报告。

因为以前的工程师和产品顾问背景,我不太喜欢间接创造价值的工作,财务算一个,我mba主攻的金融算另一个。接触财务工作一段时间后,渐渐认识到自己认知上的错误,其实财务工作创造的价值绝对不比产品,销售,制造等来的少。

道理很简单,you can’t improve something that you don’t measure. 而财务就是这个 measurement.

在有报表之前,sourcing manager 牛逼能吹上天,“代工事业为公司每月节省成本几百千欧元”,我的报表显示最多几十千,于是高层一面给 sourcing 施压,一面重新考虑把一些产能带回自家工厂。

在有报表之前,我们不清楚到底哪个产品在成本上我们已经做到行业第一了,哪个产品公司内部还有潜力可挖,哪个产品我们应该放弃治疗直接交给供应商代工。

在有报表之前,我们能更好的审视之前投资的产能到底有没有达到项目经理申请资金时许诺的回报率,也间接的改善了公司项目批准的盲目性。

以上的例子都是实打实的价值创造,实打实的成就感,实打实的乐趣。

当然也实打实的得罪了一大波“遗老遗少”。但做财务的用数据说话,态度要坚定,出手要准狠。

需要声明的事,后来离职和以上的好坏都没关系。其实我还是比较喜欢讲究创造性的工作,而财务恰恰是不允许 creative accounting 的。

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2017.03.11 旧机场路熟食中心

自诩为“美食天堂”的新加坡真的没几个好吃的地方,旧机场路 (old airport road) 的这间熟食中心算仅存的几个。

连续两周来这边解决午饭,坐地铁单程至少也要50分钟,一方面这边确实有好吃的,另一方面也说明绝大多数的餐馆真心不能打。这次整了两碗面,一片乌打,一碗浆罗,八块多一点吃的是心满意足。

强烈推荐这间肉挫面,记着点汤的。

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2017.02.21 the Last Mile

Just a few weeks ago I wrote a blog saying we can only hope Ma Yun to revolutionise Singapore’s e-commerce market. This weekend the news came out that a Chinese firm joined the bicycle sharing program here. The program has been stagnated for years in the sense that everybody talked about it, everybody praised it, but no one did much to make it happened.

And here you go, a Chinese firm took the leap of faith by investing 1000 bikes, a small number to Chinese Market but a long-awaited move in local perspective.

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2017.02.14 Kara Kara

公司今晚在上海的一间巴国布衣聚餐,旁边的日本同事感叹道,“我原以为四川料理很辣,原来上海料理更辣,Kara Kara, Hontoni kara。”

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2017.02.06 剁手电商

这次回国终于下定决心搞了一张自己的Sim卡,从此打开了淘宝支付宝的大门。不得不说,马云家的产品做的非常棒,一个平台就整合了整个中国的很多服务,相较而言新加坡在这方面落后了至少七八年。没办法,市场太小,很难吸引商家在这方面的投资,只能坐等马云未来进驻狮城。

在成都的两个星期内基本一天一剁手,根本不给我喘息的机会,就怕我不花钱。心想回到新加坡就终于可以脱离黑洞,谁知飞机刚落地,马云的推送就到了-“淘宝给全球华人拜年啦。”

taobaosg

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