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Artificially Intelligent Green Energy? Yes!

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Smart Wind and Solar Power Big data and artificial intelligence are producing ultra-accurate forecasts that will make it feasible to integrate much more renewable energy into the power grid. Researchers around the world are collecting wind speed and output data from wind turbines. The result: wind power forecasts of unprecedented accuracy are making it possible to use far more renewable energy, at lower cost, than utilities ever thought possible. While solar power generation lags wind power production, researchers are furiously working around the world to better harness the sun's abundant power.


Lake Erie's Bottom-Dwelling Robot Fights Toxic Algae Blooms

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Ecologists and hydrologists can test water's drinkability by boating through the blooms--though collecting samples off the side of a power boat is tricky and inconvenient. Those electronics and the machine's batteries--400 D cell batteries power the unit--understandably need some protection to sit at the bottom of the lake. It pulls lake water in, concentrating algae cells onto a filter. And once the cells are cracked open to reveal all the toxins, the ESPniagara dots samples into a four-by-five grid for quantification.


The US Takes On the World in NATO's Cyber War Games

WIRED

Locked Shields challenges participating countries to show off their defensive prowess, rather than offensive firepower. That makes it a natural fit for the US Cyber Brigade, which defends infrastructure and "terrain" at US military bases: power plants, water treatment systems, air traffic control, and base fuel supplies. Locked Shields hosted 25 countries this week, compared to last year's 19, each defending against a simulated air base attack. Ottis and the organizers worked with global electronics giant Siemens to set up a simulated power grid for the game-playing environment, as well as drone simulators from Threod Systems, an Estonian UAV developer.


DataOps, Monetization, and the Rise of the Data Broker: Questioning Authority with Tamr CEO Andy Palmer

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In 2013, he and Stonebraker moved up the data value chain and founded Tamr, the Cambridge, MA-based software company aiming to provide a unified view of data in the modern enterprise. Those enterprise data sources should be managed and organized similarly to how search engines crawl and organize the modern world-wide web. From brokering that data internally to business units that want to run analytics, it's a logical extension to monetize data by selling it outside the company. TW: If I'm an enterprise customer, what criteria should I take into account as I look to adopt data integration, machine-learning, data self-service technologies?


IntelliFlux Artificial Intelligence-Based Control System from Water Planet Powers Demonstrations

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The project, which is being done with Sweetwater Tech Resources, utilizes Water Planet's IMS-5000 Integrated Produced Water Treatment Solution powered by IntelliFlux. The "brains" in membrane systems, IntelliFlux learns how the filter responds to the influent water quality to determine custom-optimized flux maintenance actions (i.e., backwash, CIP, regeneration, etc.). It works in membrane systems designed to meet a wide array of applications including oil & gas produced water treatment (conventional, EOR, fracking, offshore); chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech, food and beverage waste treatment; refining, power and other industrial water treatment/recycling/reuse; seawater desalination pre-treatment for algae bloom resilience; and critical filtration in aerospace, automotive and biomedical industries. Water Planet's product lines include IntelliFlux membrane systems and PolyCera membrane products.