People at iwell: meet our Data Scientist Ravi

Data Scientist Ravi develops the intelligent software that runs on iwell’s battery systems. He creates battery logic that optimises energy flows for customers. “A simple example of this logic would be: if A, then B. But with our smart batteries, it’s often much more complicated than that. When the ideas end up as software that runs on the battery and save the customers money on their energy bill, it makes all the work worthwhile.”

A shot in the dark

After I graduated, I wasn’t looking for a specific job, but rather a specific type of organisation. I knew I wanted a job with an impact. Finding an employer with that kind of impact was quite a challenge. When I came across iwell, I remember saying to my girlfriend, “This would really be my ideal employer!” But there was no vacancy that matched my background. So my open application felt a bit like a ‘shot in the dark’, but it worked out well. Now I’m working with data, something I’ve always been interested in, in an organisation that’s a real market leader. No other company has been in the smart battery market for 8 years, so there’s a lot of knowledge and experience here – exactly what I was looking for.

Work culture and table tennis

Apart from the impact iwell is having on the energy transition, what really attracted me was the attitude of the people here. Everyone is always willing to help each other, both within the company and with customers, without expecting anything in return. I’ve also really enjoyed the working culture. We play a lot of table tennis during breaks, and I love it not only because I like to play, but also because it allows me to get to know my colleagues on a more personal level. 

Focus on the big picture

When I first joined iwell, the Data Team was smaller and I was doing several things at once. I worked on developing our optimizer software, looked at battery logic, did some monitoring and solved occasional problems of individual batteries. Now that we’re bigger, everyone on the team has specific roles. For me, this means moving from ‘working at the individual battery level’ to ‘looking at the bigger picture’. I like that because it shows that we’ve grown a lot and we want to ensure scalability.

Making energy trading even more profitable

At iwell, we offer three types of software services: controllers, optimizers and advanced modules. I focus mainly on the optimizers and controllers. The aim is to improve energy flows and use the battery more efficiently to reduce the customer’s energy bill. I do this by setting up the battery logic. In other words, I look at the scenarios in which the battery can best be charged and discharged. A simple example of this logic would be: if A, then B. But with our smart batteries, it’s often much more complicated than that. For example, I’m currently working on improving software for energy trading. It’s important to take into account several internal and external data sources to get an even better result for the customer. For example, the better we can predict the customer’s consumption, the higher the trading revenue will be. This software makes energy trading even more lucrative, but it’s quite complicated because every company consumes energy very differently.

A tangible result

Designing the optimizer software is one of my favourite aspects of my job. It’s great when all the thinking and experimenting with theoretical concepts results in something that really works and can be used in our batteries. When the software works and benefits the customer, it makes my work tangible. Of course, there are challenges as well. Switching focus, for example, is very difficult. Sometimes you’re so deep into thinking about something, that it’s hard to answer a particular question. Explaining my work to others is also a challenge, whether it is colleagues or clients. That’s why I often visualise my work. This helps to explain what the software in the battery does.

Growth and expansion

I wouldn’t be surprised if, in five years’ time, we have batteries almost everywhere in Europe. But it’s hard to predict because anything can happen in such a dynamic market. As a company, we have to stay flexible and follow the trends. I’m also very curious to see whether we’ll have doubled in size again in a year’s time. Maybe we’ll even have a new office? Two things I’m sure of: our working culture will remain the same as we continue to grow, and I’ll still be working here in a few years’ time.

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