Alphabet’s X Lab Works on Moonshot Project to Use AI and Other Tools to Update the Power Grid
- May 21, 2021 5:38 pm GMT
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For the last three years Alphabet, Google’s parent company has been funding a project aimed at making the power grid work effectively with both renewable and legacy power generation sources, in other words, suitable to meet 21st-century requirements.
The work is being done by a team within X Lab, a skunkworks operation within Alphabet that focuses on breakthrough technologies with the potential to create disruptive, sustainable transformative businesses. Why transformative? Because the projects X Labs works on aim to deliver global solutions to current and anticipated human challenges.
X Lab’s work is aimed at using artificial intelligence (AI) to create a comprehensive visualization of the entire power grid leading to better planning and more effective operations. Astro Teller, who heads up X Lab has brought on Audry Zibelman, a former CEO of AEMO, an Australian energy company to head up this particular endeavour. Zibelman brings expertise in decarbonizing the generation and delivery of electricity. But he also will focus on grid stability, something that was truly non-evident when Texas was subjected to a polar vortex in February this year that led to massive power disruptions across the state.
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