Veritone brings efficiency and optimisation to smart grids with real-time predictive AI

Source: press release, 6 October 2020

Veritone takes on smart grid optimisation with real-time predictive AI
Veritone takes on smart grid optimisation with real-time predictive AI (illustration: Business Wire)

Veritone, Inc., the creator of the world’s first operating system for artificial intelligence, aiWARE™, has announced it has entered the energy sector with Veritone Energy, a suite of proprietary, predictive AI solutions that will help utilities increase profitability and improve grid reliability as they make the transition to renewables.

“We are thrilled to be adding a new vertical to our growing customer bases in the Media & Entertainment and Government, Legal and Compliance markets,” says Chad Steelberg, Chairman and CEO of Veritone. “Every year, over USD 750 billion is invested in global electricity generation and distribution projects, giving Veritone Energy a significant opportunity to showcase how our cutting-edge, predictive AI technology can help the world reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.”

Veritone has already begun to deploy its AI energy technologies with a leading US utility and is in advanced talks with other potential private and public sector customers and partners.

Veritone Energy’s patented solutions use AI to optimise energy distribution across diverse energy grids. By applying advanced models, rules and learning to weather forecast, energy demand, pricing, and device data, the solutions help utilities automatically predict optimal energy supply mix and pricing to meet grid demand, in real-time. The utility can now more accurately predict how much energy, at what price, to send to which device, and when. Veritone estimates this real-time forecasting capability will translate to millions of dollars of cost savings for utilities in saved energy, device longevity, and optimal energy prices.

The company’s announcement comes as the increasing use of clean energy sources is creating enormous reliability and safety challenges for utilities due to the ageing U.S. electric grid, which still relies on human decision-making. Two-way power flow between legacy and renewable devices can cause network congestion, inconsistent energy delivery and blackouts. The need for synchronisation and optimisation to enable utilities to add renewable sources has never been greater. As Gartner states in their 2020 “Market Guide for Advanced Distribution Management Systems” [Zarko Sumic, Lloyd Jones, 29 July 2020], “The confluence of the 4D megatrends (digitalisation, decentralisation, decarbonisation and democratisation) is driving structural changes in energy provisioning systems. To manage electricity delivery networks safely and effectively given the new requirements of the energy transition, utilities need a solution that serves as the ‘nerve centre’ of the digital grid.” Veritone’s energy solution is key to that nerve centre.

“The green energy boom is impossible without digital innovation,” Steelberg says. “Hamstrung by legacy infrastructure and challenged by electrical grids that are becoming more distributed and complex, the energy sector urgently needs AI to make clean energy production more predictable, reliable and cost effective.”

Weather and energy demand are constantly changing, creating significant challenges for utility companies and equipment providers that need to deliver energy from a wide variety of old and new energy sources consistently and profitably. Day-ahead forecasting of always-changing weather is not enough.

“Unlike other predictive energy solution providers that use the past to predict the future, Veritone’s patented CDI technology predicts the future using the present. Veritone combines current data from multiple sources — weather sensors, load demand systems and distributed grid devices — to predict optimal energy dispatch, allowing utilities to accurately and dynamically meet future grid demand, whether minutes, hours or days ahead,” says Veritone Chief Energy Scientist Dr Wolf Kohn. “Our active device synchronisation technology ensures safe and reliable operation of distributed energy resources with the grid on a constant basis, rather than relying on historical feedback loops that may not accurately reflect the present state. We do this with patented, Hamiltonian-based models and machine learning that occurs both centrally and at the device level. This approach enables distributed, autonomous edge device decisions using low-cost processors that can be more cost effectively deployed on-premise, via Internet of Things devices or in the cloud.”

With a proprietary operating system for AI and more than 20 issued and pending patents covering its aiWARE-based energy technology, Veritone’s highly customisable solutions can be applied to solve a wide range of challenges facing the industry, including solar smoothing, demand response, micro-grid synchronisation, intelligent device control, voltage optimisation, regulatory compliance, dispatch optimisation and high-speed energy arbitrage.

Veritone Energy’s flagship solutions include:

  • Forecaster to accurately detect and predict energy supply, demand and price.
  • Optimizer to make AI-based energy supply determinations.
  • Controller for predictive device control and active synchronisation, combining energy sources to optimally satisfy demand.
  • Arbitrage for buying, selling and dispatching energy.

“Veritone’s predictive AI technology brings much-needed optimisation and efficiency to the energy grid, helping reduce energy consumption and provide greater stability,” says John Zangardi, President of Redhorse Corporation, a leading US government services provider. “Veritone’s ability to leverage massive amounts of historical and real-time data to effectively balance energy supply and demand, with automated synchronisation of grid assets for maximum reliability, is a real game changer in the energy industry.”