AI on the ground: More precise, efficient agriculture via Fortune
Why it matters: Advances in agricultural artificial intelligence applications can make a real difference in a time of increasing drought, harsher weather, trade wars and decreased demand. One example that serves profit and planet: New harvesting combines from Deere & Co. use AI to harvest a field 45% faster using 20% less fuel.
AI in the sky: Loon’s balloons via Wired
Why it matters: Loon, a Google spinoff, uses a form of AI to keep its internet-delivering helium-filled balloons at the right height (65,000 feet), and the tech could be applied to balloons monitoring animal migrations and climate impacts too. The secret is something called “reinforcement learning,” a flavor of AI previously used in video games.
AI in the electrons: Energy distribution and storage via Forbes
Why it matters: “The market value of energy management systems is anticipated to exceed $45 billion by 2026,” Ariel Cohen writes. In the years ahead, Cohen explains, new systems will utilize smart sensors and meters to collect information, exploit cloud computing and use AI algorithms to turn data into action.
Electric trucks, buses are gearing up for mass deployment
Why it matters: The convergence of climate change, environmental justice and post-pandemic recovery is the perfect opportunity to rebuild better by building clean. As Richard Kauffman, chair of the board of directors at Generate Capital and former New York ‘energy czar’ shares, electric trucks and buses are a potential high-growth, green-jobs industry that can create unprecedented economic and national security benefits.
Deep dive: The State of Climate Tech 2020 [pdf] via PricewaterhouseCoopers
Why it matters: Early-stage, clean tech venture capital investments increased a staggering 3,750% from 2013 to 2018, from $418 million to $16.1 billion. This in-depth report from PwC looks at the many opportunities ahead. From the report: “The market is heating up and it’s time for all stakeholders to help back the innovations the world really needs.”