French energy giant Total and Google Cloud combined their expertise to jointly develop an innovative tool, Solar Mapper, to estimate the solar energy potential of the roofs of houses, Total said in a statement on Tuesday.
The move aims to accelerate the deployment of solar panels for individuals by providing an accurate and rapid estimate of the solar energy potential of their homes, first in Europe and then worldwide.
Using brand-new artificial intelligence algorithms that provide better results, Solar Mapper can improve the quality of the data extracted from satellite images, the sharpness of the estimation of the solar potential, the relevance of the technology to be installed and the global geographical coverage of the tool.
In the case of France, Solar Mapper provides more than 90% geographical coverage, allowing more people to assess the solar potential of their homes, with greater accuracy than before, Total said.
"Solar Mapper will enable Total to faster deploy solar panels on the houses’ roofs, in order to provide its customers with more affordable and more accessible solar energy," Marie-Noelle Semeria, Total’s chief technology officer was quoted as saying in the statement.
"By combining Total's expertise in solar energy with Google Cloud's expertise in artificial intelligence and databases, we were able to develop an attractive and innovative offer together in just 6 months," she added.
The French energy giant also announced plans to develop a Business-to-Business application of Solar Mapper, dedicated to industrial and commercial buildings and installations.
By Sibel Morrow