Sympower, a demand-response specialist and AEB, a waste-to-energy company in Amsterdam, will jointly develop a smart energy platform called HeatFlex.ai. This platform will use artificial intelligence forecasting algorithms to determine the most efficient and sustainable energy dispatch in cities. Heatflex.ai is selected as one of the participants of the EU Horizon 2020 program AI4Cities.
The stable provision and use of energy in cities is possible through the underlying complex energy network. This energy network consists of the generation and consumption of heat, steam, and electricity. However, the CO2 emissions must be reduced by 95% by 2050. Therefore, we are switching to an energy system based on renewable energy. One of the major challenges of this is the reliability and stability of the energy network. This is due to the major changes in the supply and demand of energy.
This switch requires a smarter, more efficient, and sustainable way to use the energy network. HeatFlex.ai takes a step in this direction through developing a platform that helps to limit the load on the power grid. This way, the need for big infrastructural investments are avoided by optimizing the consumption and production patterns and to use heat sources to provide flexibility to grid operators.
The program AI4Cities is an initiative of the EU Horizon 2020 program. The initiative is a three-year EU-funded project bringing together leading European cities looking for artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to accelerate carbon neutrality. The project is located through Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris Region, Stavanger and Tallinn.
HeatFlex.ai provides an innovative new concept to make cities more energy-efficient and so, more sustainable, using artificial intelligence. This perfectly suits the principles of AI4Cities requirements. This statement is confirmed by AI4Cities since HeatFlex.ai is selected to participate in the first phase of the program.
From the perspective of HeatFlex.ai, the AI4Cities program offers various possibilities to develop the platform smarter and faster. The platform will be evaluated by a group of experienced buyers that provide feedback and support. Furthermore, since the program is active across six different cities, this helps HeatFlex.ai to be rolled out to these other European cities.
This is part of the AI4Cities project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 871914.