New AI Tools Driving CleanTech

A new AI tool designed to support fleet electrification has been launched by fleet management software firm Teletrac Navman. The tool can advise fleet operators on how many and what type of chargers are required, as well as the cost of the chargers and where they would be lest located.

Other services include providing information on the feasibility of switching to electric vehicles (EVs) as well as calculating the total cost of ownership of an EV when taking into consideration purchase price, residual value, electricity costs, taxes, insurance and maintenance. It can also calculate the fuel savings a business would make and the total CO2 savings.

To do this, it uses AI alongside historical telematics data, analysing a range of variables including average number of trips overall and per vehicle, distance, regularity, usage times and patterns and time spent moving compared to idle.

Recently, SSE called for mandatory switching of fleets to electric by 2030 in a letter to the Department for Transport (DfT), having already committed to electrifying its own fleet. A number of solutions are also becoming available to support fleet operators in this change. From firms providing EV charging solutions, to others launching payment interoperability services targeted at fleets in a bid to simplify the process.

Smart Homes

Meanwhile, AI-powered smart homes could save the energy industry £2.5 billion by 2030, according to new data from Kaluza. The energy tech firm found that smart devices such as smart heating and electric vehicle (EV) chargers connected to the grid via intelligent technology could provide 25TWh of flexible charging capacity per year.

This could then be used to capture intermittent generation and balance the grid, equating to 20% of total annual wind generation expected in 2030.

This is based on predictions of two million smart heating systems and 11 million EV chargers present in UK homes by 2030, and would mean providers wouldn’t have to pay wind farms to switch off during periods of excess generation, resulting in the cost savings.

Kaluza pointed to how over £100 million has been paid annually to switch off turbines since 2016 during these periods. However, the energy industry would not be the only one to benefit from the cost savings, with smart homes having the potential to save consumers up to £400 annually. This is in addition to other cost savings made through things like investing in insulation and making use of the Green Homes Grant.

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