AI in Renewables: The Secrets to Successfully Scaling a Diversified Fleet

AIRED ON: February 16, 2023

Webinar Summary

Owing to rapid growth in solar and wind capacity, the US is on track to generate 24% of its energy from renewables by the end of this year, with further increases driven by federal policy that seeks to create a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. These aggressive goals depend, in part, on the ability of renewable energy operators to maximize operational efficiency and production. In this era of widespread digital transformation and the IIoT, renewable assets generate vast amounts of data, but providers are challenged with transforming raw data into actionable insights that drive operational excellence.

Additionally, energy operators are increasingly diversifying the kinds of assets in their fleets, often managing a mix of wind, solar, and battery storage assets simultaneously under the same project. While there are some synergies between these different asset types, optimizing the performance of a mixed fleet is challenging.


In this webinar, SparkCognition’s Sandeep Gupta and Stephen Gold explain how AI has played a critical role in the day-to-day operations of 8.5 GW of wind, solar, and battery storage assets under management, and how your company can:

• Improve operational efficiency with more accurate production forecasting

• Eliminate wind energy loss due to yaw variance and pitch-bearing failures

• Increase solar production with enhanced O&M practices to detect soiling and panel misalignment

• Boost profitability with capacity loss optimization of battery energy storage systems

About the Speakers

Sandeep Gupta

Dr. Sandeep Gupta is VP of Renewable Energy Technology at SparkCognition. Sandeep has over 16 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. Sandeep’s PhD research involved wind turbine aerodynamics, and he spent 8 years at a wind turbine OEM, where he led the loads and controls department. At SparkCognition, Sandeep leads the development of the company’s cutting-edge tools for renewable energy operators. Sandeep holds a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Stephen Gold

Stephen Gold is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) bringing over 30 years of experience, including B2B application software development, AI and data science, and IoT services. He previously was the General Manager of Honeywell’s $2.5B Connected enterprise, where he led the digital transformation and IoT advancement of this century-old $40B manufacturer. As Group CMO of IBM Watson, Gold was one of the principal business architects who delivered next-generation AI technology, driving over 10,000 engagements. Prior positions included CCO of HZO, CMO of SPSS, President of Aberdeen Group, and President & CEO of Azerity. Gold has also served on various private and public boards, and has been featured on various media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, Today Show, and Fox News.

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