In May 2017, Bill Gates wrote an open letter to college graduates offering some career advice. In it, he said if he was starting out today, he’d consider entering one of these three fields: artificial intelligence, energy or bioscience. On artificial intelligence (AI), he said, “We have only begun to tap into all the ways it will make people’s lives more productive and creative.” On energy, he said, “Making it clean, affordable, and reliable will be essential for fighting poverty and climate change.”

Unsurprisingly, Bill Gates was on to something. Today, AI has a significant role to play in creating the clean, affordable and reliable energy future he describes. As we continue to face aging and inefficient electricity networks, the burgeoning dangers of climate change, and an exponential rise in power demand, there has never been a greater need to rethink and construct our energy systems as there is now. While the technology is still in its early stages, AI has the potential to revolutionize how we produce, consume and transmit energy; simply put, AI is on its way to becoming the brain of the grid.

In the long-term, AI will give rise to a mainstream ‘prosumer’ network

At innogy Innovation Hub, we believe four macro-trends have already begun to shape our existing systems and look to continue to do so in the future: decentralization, decarbonization, democratization, and digitization. This trend of decentralization however, the idea that the energy grid of the future will consist of a very large number of smaller-capacity providers, has led to the rise of ‘prosumer’.

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