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Tech Giant Google Using AI to Predict Wind Energy Output

This is important, because energy sources that can be scheduled, or can deliver a set amount of electricity at a set time, are often more valuable to the grid

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

In collaboration with its Britain-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) subsidiary DeepMind, Google has developed a system to predict wind power output 36 hours ahead of actual generation.

Google said that these type of predictions can boost the value of wind energy and can strengthen the business case for wind power and drive further adoption of carbon-free energy on electric grids worldwide.

“Over the past decade, wind farms have become an important source of carbon-free electricity as the cost of turbines has plummeted and adoption has surged,” Sims Witherspoon, Programme Manager at DeepMind and Will Fadrhonc, Carbon Free Energy Programme Lead at Google wrote in a blog post this week.

“However, the variable nature of wind itself makes it an unpredictable energy source – less useful than one that can reliably deliver power at a set time,” they said.

In search of a solution to this problem, DeepMind and Google started applying machine learning algorithms to 700 megawatts of wind power capacity in the central US.

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The Google name is displayed outside the company’s office in London, Britain. VOA

These wind farms – part of Google’s global fleet of renewable energy projects – collectively generate as much electricity as is needed by a medium-sized city.

Using a neural network trained on widely available weather forecasts and historical turbine data, the researchers configured the DeepMind system to predict wind power output 36 hours ahead of actual generation.

“Based on these predictions, our model recommends how to make optimal hourly delivery commitments to the power grid a full day in advance,” Witherspoon and Fadrhonc wrote.

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This is important, because energy sources that can be scheduled, or can deliver a set amount of electricity at a set time, are often more valuable to the grid.

“To date, machine learning has boosted the value of our wind energy by roughly 20 per cent, compared to the baseline scenario of no time-based commitments to the grid,” the post said. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Introduces Online Coding Course to Train Workers

At the time, Pichai also mentioned that Google's program for certifying IT professionals will expand to 100 US community colleges by the end of 2020

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

The US-based tech Google has introduced a new “Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate” a program that is designed to provide job-ready skills in Python, Git and IT automation in under six months.

“Python is now the most in-demand programming language, and more than 530,000 U.S. jobs, including 75,000 entry-level jobs require Python proficiency. With this new certificate, you can learn Python, Git and IT automation within six months,” Natalie Van Kleef Conley Product Lead, Grow with Google, said in a statement on Thursday.

The program includes a final project where learners will use their new skills to solve a problem they might encounter on the job, like building a web service using automation.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

“To ensure learners from underserved backgrounds have access to both IT Professional Certificates, Google.org will fund 2,500 need-based scholarships through nonprofits like Goodwill, Merit America, Per Scholas and Upwardly Global. Along with top employers like Walmart, Hulu and Sprint, Google considers program completers when hiring for IT roles,” Conley added.

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Back in October last year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and White House advisor Ivanka Trump announced a program to provide 250,000 Americans training opportunities to teach technology skills.

At the time, Pichai also mentioned that Google’s program for certifying IT professionals will expand to 100 US community colleges by the end of 2020. (IANS)