Showing posts from December, 2020

Data Science for the Grid, Renewables, Buildings and the Energy Sector

  It's time for our last two events for us in 2020 - what a crazy year it's been!  Continuing our theme of exploring data science in different clean technology sectors, we're doing to be focusing on the energy sector this month.   On Friday, December 18th at 2 pm PT, we'll be holding a free webinar exploring the market and opportunities for data science in the energy sector - with a focus on renewables, the grid and buildings.     And then, on Sunday, December 20th at 11 am PT, we'll host a hands-on workshop where we'll look at the types of problems in the energy sector where data science is being applied, what data sources are useful and where to find them and how do we integrate physics based models and machine learning into our solutions. 

Data Science for the Energy-Food-Water Nexus

  One of the most interesting aspects of working in clean technology is the interaction between different sectors in the space - the Food-Energy-Water nexus, for example.   What is the food-energy-water nexus? Well, not being in the Star Trek universe or any other science fiction arena, we’re definitely not talking about black holes of energy where food and water go to die :)! What we are talking about when we talk about the nexus between different clean tech sectors is - how do these sectors interact with each other? How complex are the interactions and can the relationships between them be described? In the case of the energy-water-food nexus, we’re exploring the interactions between the energy, water and food sectors. For example, we need water to grow food and produce energy, but energy is also needed to pump out groundwater and to process food.   Just for fun, let’s take a look at some numbers on the food-energy-water nexus from the UN and FAO. Let’s start with the biggest one - a