AI to boost renewable sector efficiency

Artificial intelligence (AI) will increasingly boost efficiencies across the renewable energy sector in the next few years. That’s the suggestion from DNV GL, which says technologies such as autonomous robotics […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Artificial intelligence (AI) will increasingly boost efficiencies across the renewable energy sector in the next few years.

That’s the suggestion from DNV GL, which says technologies such as autonomous robotics and machine learning can help improve areas such as decision making and planning, condition monitoring, inspections and supply chain optimisation.

The firm believes the renewables industry is well suited to using AI because it is a relatively data-rich environment and much of the existing infrastructure is already equipped with sensors.

The report adds autonomous drones will be used for quicker, more efficient remote inspection and maintenance, with the added benefit of increased safety due to humans not having to climb tall structures.

Robots are also likely to be used in the future to transport and build entire onshore wind or solar farms by themselves.

Lucy Craig, Director Technology and Innovation at DNV GL Energy, said: “We expect the installation of more sensors, the increase in easier-to-use machine learning tools and the continuous expansion of data monitoring, processing and analytics capabilities to create new operating efficiencies and new and disruptive business models.”