SSE Renewables’ greener energy journey  

The drive for organisations big and small and across all industries, to go green, in line with the government’s net zero ambitions, is playing an important role in top level decision making. Whilst there is pressure on all industries to bring about change, making steady ground are the energy giants. 

SSE Renewables is a leading developer and operator in energy generation and distribution, across the UK and Ireland, specialising in production of hydro, and offshore and onshore energy. The production of green energy through (onshore) wind turbines, is currently, the cheapest and most secure source of renewable energy available in the UK. 

SSE Renewables’ continued commitment to investing in low carbon and renewable energy recently saw its Seagreen offshore windfarm, a joint venture with TotalEnergies and Scotland’s largest and the world’s deepest fixed foundation offshore windfarm, generating power to the UK national grid for the first time. Seagreen joins a growing portfolio of over 40 other windfarms that are an integral part of its strategy to drive the transition to a net zero world through the world class development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets.  

A part of SSE Renewables’ green transition was the launch of Project Theta, in 2018. Theta is a programme designed to help streamline the management and maintenance of its asset base, with the aim of improving asset availability and preservation, whilst also implementing better working practices, time and costs savings and reducing its carbon footprint.  

A key strategic component of the business transformation project is the transition of its existing asset management programme IBM Maximo to a cloud-based version, which is being carried out in partnership with class-leading Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) specialistsPeacock Engineering Ltd.   

The solution will enable SSE Renewables to access real-time data and, importantly, streamline its total work management for maintenance, inventory, and its supply chains. It will give its asset management team a full operational understanding of its assets, across various locations simultaneously, helping to reduce downtime, increase the lifespan of assets, reduce carbon costly field trips and enable SSE Renewables to hold better inventory for replacement parts and further resources, while reducing the financial and environmental costs of these activities.  

The migration to a cloud-based version of IBM Maximo will also negate outdated and costly paper-based processes and allow SSE Renewables to integrate with other online key asset management tools, giving it a richer view of its asset base 

Overall, a new system designed to reduce the operational and environmental costs of SSE’s asset management, as part of its green energy journey.  

Alan Cambridge founded Peacock Engineering Ltd 13 years ago. Since then, it has grown close to 100 employees, with a team of engineers certified in IBM and IFS solutions.

A gold partner for both IBM and IFS, Peacock Engineering supports over 40 customers and 8,000 users, managing millions of client assets worldwide across multiple sectors, including energy and utilities, FM, life sciences, manufacturing, and logistics. Peacock Engineering has offices in London, Bristol, Leatherhead, Leeds, Bangalore and Pune.