Presenting the Global Top 100 outstanding projects: Nowcasting of Solar Electricity Production

Published on May 30, 2023

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After a thorough scientific, ethical, and entrepreneurial review of all projects submitted to the 2022 IRCAI Global Top 100 call, IRCAI has deemed ten submissions as “outstanding” based on their AI integrity, potential impact on the SDGs, business sustainability, and ethical design. In this article, we would like to highlight one more project – submitted by the UK-based non-profit product lab Open Climate Fix. At our STI Forum side event earlier this month, Kasia Krasucka (Program & Partnerships Manager at Open Climate Fix) presented the product lab’s AI-based solar energy generation forecast methods. 

Why solar forecasting matters for the SDGs

“As we try to decarbonise the energy sector, while electricity demand is growing around the world, one of the ways to green the electricity grid is to integrate more solar energy”, notes Kasia. A virtually inexhaustible power resource, solar energy does not release carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants into the atmosphere and offers a decentralized and cost-effective solution to bring electricity to remote areas, providing them also with an opportunity for greater energy independence and security. “But that is challenging”, she warns, pointing at the difficulty to predict how much solar energy will be supplied at a given time, as solar energy is weather-dependent. 

Harnessing the power of AI

“Traditional solar energy forecasts do not make use of satellite data and normally use very simple statistical models”, explains Kasia. Open Climate Fix identified this gap in the market and started applying cutting-edge AI models from Google DeepMind. “We use huge volumes of data, including terabytes of satellite data and real-time readings from thousands of photovoltaic systems”, she adds. By using this approach, the product lab helped drastically improve existing forecasting methods.

A mission-focused team

“We operate as a mission-focused non-profit. And everything we build is open-source”, emphasizes Kasia. “Two main reasons why we release our code openly is because we care about transparency and we want to encourage open collaboration on a global scale.” As such, the product lab is currently exploring ways to apply its methods in India and collaborates with local researchers and engineers to improve their code and adapt it for the deployment and use in the local context. 

Open Climate Fix licensed the code in their HuggingFace and GitHub repositories under a permissive MIT license. Feel free to check it out.


Georgia DIP and AI Research Project

Georgia DIP and AI Research Project

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published the digital innovation profile for Georgia, a document analysing digital innovation ecosystem in Georgia, focusing on the opportunities and challenges in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The document had been prepared with the collaboration of IRCAI experts.

Highlights from the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference

Educators and professionals from across Europe and Asia gathered in the picturesque city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, from November 12-15, 2023, for the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference. Hosted by the International Research Centre on AI under the Auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and supported by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, this annual event was a success: it brought teachers together, facilitated the creation of new partnerships, answered some questions about AI in education and uncovered many new and important ones.

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

The NAIXUS project (Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs) convened a significant meeting during the Deep Learning Indaba 2023. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the progress of the project, share insights, and plan future actions to strengthen the network’s impact on advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through artificial intelligence (AI) research.

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

The International Research Institute on AI under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and its core members in the Network of Excellence NAIXUS; a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at bridging the gap between AI and sustainable development hosted a meeting amd a workshop in Accra, Ghana. Both events were held as part of the Deep Learning Indaba 2023 Forum on September 8 and 9 and were co-hosted by the NAIXUS members from Africa.


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