The U.S renewable energy sector is committed to envisioning a future of clean and green energy. With more solar panels and wind farms, we are enthusiastically running towards that goal. This is more like a partnership between humans and nature. But what role did AI play in making this possible?
What if I tell you AI has a remarkable influence in making the world greener? You will be amazed, we were. From manufacturing to forecasting, AI transforms operations, simplifies complex tasks, and provides insightful data. Read along as we explore the impact of AI in the renewable energy sector.
1. Decreased shutdown costs
We have always relied on individual weather models to predict renewable sources of energy. These models have definitely helped us, no complaints there. But now, with AI, the input you can get has tripled. Self-learning weather models, data sets of historical weather, real-time measurements from local weather stations, sensor networks, and cloud information derived from satellite imagery and sky cameras give more accurate data for forecasting. “We found that improved solar forecasts decreased operational electricity generation costs, decreased start and shutdown costs of conventional generators, and reduced solar power curtailment,” says Hendrik Hamann, Distinguished Researcher, and Chief Scientist for Geoinformatics at IBM
2. Long-lasting batteries
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not only revolutionizing the methods of constructing renewable energy technology but also altering the very nature of materials themselves. AI-driven materials science is discovering novel materials endowed with extraordinary properties suitable for clean energy applications. Through machine learning models, AI facilitates the simulation of material behavior across diverse conditions, thereby expediting research and development efforts. Consequently, we are witnessing the emergence of more efficient solar panels, longer-lasting batteries, and exceptionally durable components for wind turbines.
3. Aids in reducing carbon emissions
As the world tries to cut down on carbon emissions, AI is stepping in to make carbon capture and storage way cooler. AI looks at a bunch of data and figures out the best ways to capture carbon. It tells us where to do it when to do it, and how to do it right. This makes the whole process work better while also saving money.
4. Efficient management of the energy grid
Artificial intelligence (AI) acts as a valuable assistant to power companies by utilizing extensive weather data. AI continuously adjusts power grid operations based on prevailing weather conditions, leading to improved short-term forecasting and more efficient unit commitment and dispatch procedures. This enhances overall grid reliability and reduces the requirement for significant operating reserves. As a result, power companies gain the ability to accurately anticipate future energy demand, enabling proactive grid management without service interruptions. When anticipating high energy consumption, power companies can efficiently increase energy production to meet the demand.
5. Detects breakdowns beforehand
AI uses special algorithms to quickly spot any issues or breakdowns in machines and equipment. This helps make the power system more reliable and efficient. It does this by analyzing data from sensors to learn what normal operation looks like and what problems look like. Imagine if something goes wrong at a power plant. AI can immediately detect it and stop it from causing more problems. For example, if one power plant has a problem, it can put extra stress on the other plants. This can slow them down and disrupt the power supply. But AI can step in and make fast decisions to prevent this from happening. It can even do this automatically without human intervention.
In the pursuit of a greener future within the renewable energy sector, AI plays a pivotal role as our strategic partner. Looking forward, the seamless integration of AI holds the key to unlocking even greater progress, facilitating wider access, cost savings, and environmental benefits for renewable energy solutions. Try AI-powered solutions in your business now.
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