A new report released this week by the Global Partnership on AI, in collaboration with Climate Change AI and the Centre for AI & Climate, highlights Aionics, Inc. as a case study for how AI can be used to have a positive impact on climate change.
The report, titled “Climate Change and AI: Recommendations for Government Action” highlights the opportunities and challenges in driving climate impact with AI, and provides several recommendations for how governments can help facilitate the adoption and development of AI-based climate technologies. According to the report’s Foreword: “Recent scientific reports, including from the IPCC, highlight that we are in a climate emergency. This calls for the mobilization of all actors across politics, business, science, and civil society. In this context, the rise of AI is showing promising signs of being able to support climate action.”
On Aionics, the report states: “Developing better batteries will be critical to decarbonizing electricity and transport, but the R&D process can take immense amounts of time. For instance, for electric vehicles, it can take weeks to months to test out just one candidate battery design. … US-based startup Aionics aims to tackle this challenge by using machine learning to cut down on the number of designs that manufacturers need to try. … Aionics’ software has enabled, on average, a 10x reduction in the number of experiments their customers need to try, dramatically reducing the time and effort needed to design a better battery.”
The Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) is a Paris-based international and multistakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth. Climate Change AI (CCAI) is an organization composed of volunteers from academia and industry who believe that tackling climate change requires concerted societal action, in which machine learning can play an impactful role. Based in the UK, the Centre for AI & Climate is a centre of expertise dedicated to accelerating the adoption of data science and AI to support faster action on climate change.
The full report is available online here: https://www.gpai.ai/projects/climate-change-and-ai.pdf