Ireland’s solar experts.
Founded by entrepreneur Ciaran Marron in 2007, Activ8 Solar Energy has grown to over 170 staff and has completed over 17,500 solar panel installations and is part of the SSE Airtricity group serving over 750,000 customers across the island.
Industry: Green Energy
Location: Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Company Size: 170+
Key Project Deliverables:
“Solar is all about technology and we wanted to see how we could leverage all of our generation and consumption data to increase the use of solar energy and support the continued growth of our business. It looks like AI can help consumers become greener and drive down the national carbon footprint.”
Gary Connolly, Commercial Director
And that’s where we came in.
“The AI Incubator was great. What surprised me was when I went back to the business, I found I was able to see other areas beyond the original problem we brought where AI could be applied.”
Jim Mc Eneaney, Marketing Manager, Activ8 Solar Energies
The AI Incubator programme gave Activ8 Managers the support & resources they needed to help understand how AI could be applied within their business and on their extensive energy generation and consumption data sets.
During the AI Incubator, Activ8 focussed on leveraging value from the data collected by the vast array of Solar energy devices they had installed across domestic and commercial sites.
The initial aim was to investigate the feasibility of an application which empowered consumers to meet a larger proportion of their consumption with the solar energy they generated. This would utilise AI predictions based on consumption patterns and external data sources such as weather forecasts.
The team first typified the generative capacities of sites into a set of 30-40 generation profiles.
The design included the use of a blockchained dB instance – making an immutable record of generation to facilitate carbon offsetting.
The team also showed that the technical system integrations (API’s) needed for such a project were possible.
Most significantly, the results signposted that a significantly larger project – a Virtual Power Plant – was a real possibility where solar generated energy in excess of consumption demand could be resold back to the grid.
Participation in the AI Incubator helped the management team understand the potential areas of the business that AI could be applied for improved revenue and consumption of green energy. Some follow on areas for further investigation and investment were signposted.
The programme has upskilled key Managerial Staff in Activ8 Solar Energies
It is now understood there are potentially viable business models leveraging the network of Activ8 Solar Energy solar panels across Ireland, and Activ8 collected data :
Improved consumer products leading to improved customer retention and improved consumption of customer generated solar energy over non-solar sources.
Further reduction of carbon footprint by utilising readily available solar energy excess.