Artificially Intelligent Green Energy? Yes!
By Michael Fiorito, MDS
Can artificial intelligence help compliment and possibly replace traditional fossil fuel energy sources? Researchers are now working to answer this increasingly relevant question.
A true artificially-intelligent system is one that can learn on its own. I’m talking about neural networks which can make connections without relying on pre-defined algorithms. True A.I. can improve on past iterations, getting smarter and more aware, allowing it to enhance its capabilities and its knowledge.
Smart Wind and Solar Power
Big data and artificial intelligence are producing ultra-accurate forecasts that will make it feasible to integrate much more renewable energy into the power grid.
For example, researchers around the world are collecting wind speed and output data from wind turbines. Artificial-intelligence-based software are then fed the output, along with data from weather satellites, weather stations, and other wind farms. The result: wind power forecasts of unprecedented accuracy are making it possible to use far more renewable energy, at lower cost, than utilities ever thought possible.
While solar power generation lags wind power production, researchers are furiously working around the world to better harness the sun’s abundant power.
To balance the gap, researchers are looking at how well wind and solar power can offset each other. To what extent, for example, can wind blowing at night make up for the lack of sunshine? They are also looking at how to couple forecasts with smart dishwashers, water heaters, solar-panel inverters, water treatment plants, and electric-car chargers, not only to accommodate shifts in the wind but to ride out inevitable windless periods and weeks of cloudy weather without resorting to fossil fuels.
Researchers are also investigating ways to apply these concepts to electric cars. For example, a car stores enough electricity to power a house up to several days, depending on the size of the battery pack. Using artificial intelligence, researchers are exploring how to match fluctuating wind power to electricity demand, ultimately controlling the timing and varying the rate of charging. As you can imagine, the possibilities are endless.
Leading the industry in artificial intelligence, Microsoft is working with a renewable energy company to give their wind and solar facilities a competitive advantage. Read more here.
Microsoft is also working with M-KOPA Solar to provide kerosene-free lighting and productive assets through its solar and mobile payment system. Click here to read more.
Using artificial intelligence, innovators will continue to create new technologies that generate revenue while also helping reduce the planet’s carbon footprint.
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