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Hybrid event: Forecasting solar power & managing water using Machine Learning

Dan Travers, founder of Open Climate Fix, delivering his talk for Forecasting Solar and Managing Water using Machine Learning, Green Tech South West Hybrid event

Join us for our hybrid event with insightful talks combining tech and sustainability with three brilliant speakers – Dan Travers from Open Climate Fix, and two speakers from Yellow Sub, Melin Edomwonyi and Andrew Minton.

Forecasting solar generation – why, how and what next?

Electrical grids must be balanced in terms of supply and demand at every moment in time. Solar PV however is a variable generation source, dependent on cloud cover.

Open Climate Fix is developing a completely open source solution for forecasting of clouds using satellite imagery, weather forecasts and PV data.

Dan will explain us to how this works, the applications, what carbon it is saving and the next steps. He’ll also tell us about his journey founding Open Climate Fix.

About Dan

Dan is a mathematician by training. His first job was in energy 20 years ago in Australia, which opened his eyes to this fascinating world of an essential, non-storable commodity. With renewables and batteries, things have changed a lot. In 2019 he co-founded Open Climate Fix.

Dan’s slides

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Or you can download the slides.

Reimagining water resource management using Periscope

Melin and Andrew, Creative Director and Executive Creative Director at Yellow Sub Creative delivering their talk as part of the Green Tech South West Hybrid event: Forecasting Solar and Managing Water using Machine Learning

Building a SaaS green tech platform is not short on challenges! Melin and Andrew will present:

  • their approach to communicating applied science to a broad range of stakeholders;
  • how they apply these techniques to Periscope, their realtime water simulation product;
  • how they develop data driven modelling tools that empower users to answer their water resource questions with unparalleled speed.

About Melin and Andrew

Melin and Andrew work as Creative Director and Executive Director for BCorp design agency, Yellow Sub Creative, based in Cardiff. Here they cooks up good things for the people and the planet.

As well as her work in UX & design leadership, Melin is also a mother to a lifestyle brand Lil Titsy and a host of her new show Mixed & Confused.


Melin and Andrew’s slides

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Or you can download the slides.

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Timings in the video

👋 09:20 – Event starts with a welcome from your meet-up organisers, Ellen, Hannah and Mike

📢 11:18 – Our famous 60 second intros – a chance for in-person and online attendees to introduce themselves, ask for help and tell us about something the group might find interesting

🗓️ 17:38 – Other community notices and next event announcement

💚 25:08 – Dan’s talk

💚 50:30 – Yellow Sub’s talk (Melin and Andrew)

❓ 01:21:05 – Questions

Dan Travers, founder of Open Climate Fix, delivering his talk for Forecasting Solar and Managing Water using Machine Learning, Green Tech South West Hybrid event

One of the perks of holding events online as well, and having such a wonderful and engaging community, is we share a huge amount of useful resources and information throughout the event. Here’s a summary of what we unearthed.

Links and resources

Community 60 second intros

Dominic Eldred-Earl – A creative speaker consultant, Dominic helps clients find the right speakers to speak at their events. He was keen to share a few projects which might be of interest to the community. The first is a film by Melati Weisjen from Bali, who started a project called ‘Bye Bye Plastic Bag’ with her sister leading the government to sign off a ban on plastic bags, bottles, straws etc. in 2019. Melati created a film called ‘Bigger than us’ which looked at 7 young change makers which Dominic recommends checking out along with Youthtopia, her changemakers mentoring group. Secondly, for anyone interested in Electric Vehicles there is a London to Brighton to Paris EV Rally happening on 1 & 2 July 2023 to prove range anxiety is no longer an issue.

Michelle BarkerFront-end developer at Ada Mode, a data science and AI company working in the renewable energy industry focused on making complex industrial processes more efficient. As well as working with various companies they also develop their own software in-house and have just launched their platform for wind turbine operators. They currently have a few career opportunities, specifically a role working on their Windscope product as well as Front-End Developer role at Ada Mode, so please get in touch with Michelle if of interest!

Owen Smith – Energy and Carbon Manager at Bristol Water. Sitting within the Resources and Environment team Owen is involved in routing water around Bristol Water’s network using their automated pump scheduling system, right from reservoir to tap. More recently, he’s also responsible for meeting net Zero for Bristol Water, an exciting challenge!

Our slides with upcoming events

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IwFnT561FZ4LaifZXxiLkExo2LbElJnMyOw5XAAeBvM/edit

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