By Salah M. Alajeel
Ai has changed how we do most things. It has changed lives for the better, and as Ai technologies are adopted in more sectors, its impacts will be felt on a grander scale.
In the renewable energy sector, Ai has had long-lasting impacts. It has changed how monitoring of power grids is done and how utility companies collect customer information. It has optimized power outputs and minimized leakages.
But with all these impacts, what does it do to the environment? How does it affect the environment?
Impacts Of Ai As Used In Wind Power Generation On The Environment
Wind power is one of the cleanest and most sustainable methods of energy generation. It has no emissions, harmful or not. It is found in plenty in nature, and that makes it an ideal source of renewable energy.
Despite all the positive impacts of wind as a renewable energy source, it negatively affects the environment. Wind turbines require a lot of space. Animal habitats are destroyed during installation.
With the use of Ai in the sector, these effects can be mitigated. Wind farms are placed in places where they offer optimum performance with minimum impacts on the environment.
Impacts Of Ai As Used In Solar Power Generation On The Environment
The sun is a great renewable energy source. But with the manufacture and installation of solar panels comes some negative impacts on the environment.
Habitat loss during installation and pollution of the environment during manufacturing can be mitigated using Ai technologies. Ai can be used in designing more efficient solar panels that fold up to save on space. Ai technology can also be used to research materials that cause less harm to the environment in solar panels.
Impacts Of Ai As Used In Hydroelectric Power Generation On The Environment
Ai can be used in designing higher capacity hydroelectric dams that produce more energy. This reduces the reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear power. This has a positive impact on the environment.
The production efficiency of dams caused by Ai’s management of the hydroelectric system will minimize the effects of dams on the environment. Water flow can intelligently be regulated to minimize habitat loss for animals that depend on water for survival.
Impacts Of Ai As Used In Biomass Power Generation On The Environment
Biomass power plants burn wood waste or other waste to produce steam. This steam is used to run a turbine that provides heat and or electricity to homes and offices. Due to their combustion of waste, the biomass plants release some emissions that may contaminate the air or water.
Ai can be used in biomass electricity generation to create harmless emissions. Ai systems can, for example, design a way to reach the released harmful chemicals and produce a harmless end product.
Ai has also reduced the number of trips cable maintenance crews make, thus reducing power plants’ reliance on fossil fuels. This in turn, helps save the environment from more harm.
As Ai technology grows, its positive impacts on the environment will be more visible and noticeable.