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By | March 7, 2024

FOSDEM 2024 Recap – Quartz Solar OS: Building an Open Source AI Solar Forecast for Everyone

**Title: Unveiling Open Quartz: A Solar Forecasting Revolution**

In a recent session at FOSDEM 2024 Energy Devroom, Rachel L’Abri Tipton and Zak Watts from Open Climate Fix showcased an innovative solution that promises to revolutionize solar forecasting (video follows below). Titled “Quartz Solar OS: Building an open source AI solar forecast for everyone,” the presentation delved into the critical role of accurate solar forecasts in the renewable energy landscape and introduced the Quartz Solar model developed by Open Climate Fix.

The Mission of Open Climate Fix

Founded in 2019, Open Climate Fix is a London-based nonprofit product lab dedicated to developing open source AI solutions to decarbonize the power grid. Their focus on generating solar forecasts aligns with their broader goal of facilitating the transition to renewable energy sources.

Why Solar Forecasting Matters

The unpredictability of weather patterns poses a challenge to the reliability of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. As the world moves towards a future reliant on renewable energy, accurate solar forecasting becomes paramount for balancing power grids. By providing insights into solar energy generation, forecasts enable grid operators to optimize resource allocation and reduce costs.

The Quartz Solar Model

At the heart of Open Climate Fix’s solution lies the Quartz Solar model. Combining diverse solar historic generation data, numerical weather predictions, and topographic data, this model leverages machine learning to generate precise solar forecasts. With global coverage, the Quartz Solar model holds promise for regions worldwide, empowering communities to harness solar energy more efficiently.

Open Source and Collaborative Approach

Open Climate Fix embraces an open source philosophy, making their code, models, and datasets accessible to researchers and industry professionals alike. By fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing, they aim to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy solutions globally.

Future Outlook

As the demand for renewable energy continues to grow, Open Climate Fix plans to expand the reach of their solar forecasting solutions. With ongoing efforts to enhance model accuracy and extend coverage to new regions, they remain committed to driving positive change in the energy sector.