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Accelerating the energy transition through AI

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Published on 30/09/21 by Pierre Martens
The recent IPCC 6th assessment report made it clear: the earth is warming faster than earlier anticipated. Urgent action is required on many fronts to limit global warming to 1,5°C. Also digital technologies like artifical intelligence (AI) will play a crucial role in tackling climate change.

1 month ahead of COP26, Agoria is therefore launching a free online course that demonstrates how AI can contribute to the energy transition. The course is launched on 1 October at 3pm during a virtual event in the presence of Federal Minister of Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten.

"Many people in the AI-community are concerned about climate change, so were looking to figure out how they could use their expertise to make a contribution. On the climate change side on the other hand, various streams of data are emerging, and energy and climate experts around the world are seeing the possibilities offered by machine learning. With the Climate Change AI initiative, we wanted to bring these 2 ecosystems together," says Priya Donti, co-founder and chair of Climate Change AI, and keynote speaker during Agoria’s 'AI in Energy' launch event.

That is also the reason that Agoria developed this new online course. From energy producers to grid operators, energy suppliers and building owners: many companies can use AI to reduce their energy consumption, improve the operational management of their assets, or to integrate more renewable energy in the distribution grid while avoiding congestion.

"To accelerate the energy transition, it is important that people in the energy sector develop the necessary data science skills for the challenges that are ahead," says Pierre Martens, Energy Expert at Agoria. Agoria set an objective to increase the digital literacy of all employees. 2 years after the launch of the Be The Change programme, 'AI in Energy' is already the 5th online course that contributes towards the digital retraining & upskilling of Belgian employees.

15 companies contributed to the development of this course, which contains several concrete use cases from Belgian companies, and show the expertise that is available in Belgium around this important topic.

The course is available for free on : www.agoria.be/aiinenergy 
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