The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is launching a program to promote the use of artificial intelligence to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.
The AI for Decarbonisation program is part of the government’s wider £1bn net zero innovation portfolio, which aims to provide funding for low-carbon technologies to help bring them to market faster.
The EIB said the scheme would not only help the UK reach its net-zero goals, but also help reduce energy costs and increase the growth of AI technology market in the country.
The program is composed of two separate grant funding streams, which will be launched in phases.
The first, with a value of up to £500,000, will be used to co-fund a virtual center of excellence on AI innovation and decarbonisation until March 2025. The second has a value of up to £1 million and is designed to fund projects that will accelerate the development of artificial intelligence technologies that enable decarbonisation.
“The UK is one of the most advanced AI economies in the world and AI technology is already having a transformative impact on our economy and society,” said George Freeman, UK Science Minister. “But there is huge potential to do more.
“The AI for Decarbonisation program offers an exciting opportunity to leverage and build on the UK’s outstanding industry expertise.
“Putting this fast-evolving technology into action will enable us to save energy costs for businesses and households, create high-value, skilled jobs and jump-start millions of pounds of private investment, whilst also supporting our net-zero goals.” “.
The BEIS has encouraged projects that facilitate a faster switch to renewable energy, decarbonise industry by increasing energy productivity and switching to fuels and reduce emissions in agriculture to apply. The application period should be open until January 19, 2023.
BEIS said it also plans to follow up on this program next year with additional funding that will be used to support “priority areas in AI innovation” identified by the virtual center of excellence as “critical to achieving net zero”.
The launch of the program follows the publication of the AI 2021 national strategyillustrating ways artificial intelligence could be used to help the UK reach its net-zero goals.
Over the past year, AI solutions have become increasingly popular as tools to solve some of society’s current and future challenges.
Recently, RResearchers at the University of Kansas have used machine learning to create ‘deep mock’ proteins to detect polluting metal ions in water, and a team from the The University of the West of Scotland has created an AI to rapidly detect a range of different lung diseases in minutes, with a claimed accuracy of around 98%.
While AI has great potential, it can also cause harm. To safeguard the digital and civil rights of users in a world powered by artificial intelligence, the White House recently unveiled a new Charter of AI rights.
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