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Data Automation tool for Solar assets

Missing data and poor data quality can have serious impact on your solar analytics and overall performance of your solar PV plant. Read to know how you can solve this issue using AI-based Data Automation technology.

As solar companies are shifting towards data-driven decisions, it becomes critical to have good quality data to ensure analysis is correct and actionable.

What is the role of data in solar PV plant’s performance?

Data not only helps you understand how your solar PV plant is performing in general but also helps to compare and analyze how different sections of the solar plant are performing in comparison to each other using performance indicators like PR, SY, soiling, degradation, etc. For example, data can tell you precisely if a panel is degrading faster than the other panel installed at the same site due to a shadow from the nearby tree. Data can derive intelligence for multiple stakeholders: Sales, engineering, procurement, management and investors. In short, data intelligence empowers a solar company to take informed decisions and plan their solar O&M in a better way. 

The curious case of missing solar data points 

Generally, a MW size of a solar PV plant produces 100,000 data points in a month. However, as reported by our customers in multiple geographies, 16-20% data points are usually missing in this data due to network or connection failure and/or faulty readings by the data loggers. Because of the huge quantity of data produced otherwise, missing data is usually ignored (an easy way out), thereby creating a void that leads to incorrect conclusions. 

For example, missing data during the sunshine hours can effectively lead to low PR value in days of high energy production, or measurements during night time hours can give a high CUF value which is misleading. 

Also, it is quite common to receive outliers/ bad quality measurements from data loggers, pyranometers due to soiling, bad weather conditions, calibration issues, etc. Generally, as a part of data cleaning, this data is removed from the dataset leading to data loss. 

AI-based Data Automation tool for any kind of solar PV plant

SmartHelio’s Data Automation Tool aims to provide clean and sanitize data in a single click. 

Our Data Automation tool is designed to clean and sanitize in a way to first remove bad measurements from the dataset and clean the dataset. It later predicts the missing data points with 99% accuracy using Machine Learning algorithms and provides sanitized data. All you need to do is connect your plant via API or upload your data to the tool and click “Submit”. You can simply download sanitized data and use it for your internal analysis. 


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SmartHelio all set for the Y Combinator Demo Day

SmartHelio all set for the Y Combinator Demo Day

SmartHelio pitching at Y Combinator Demo Day

World’s fastest growing clean-tech company SmartHelio is now backed by Y Combinator. SmartHelio will be pitching its solution to a league of world-class investors during Y Combinator’s Demo Day. Read to know more…

It was a proud moment for the team when SmartHelio was selected for the Y Combinator startup program W22 batch.  In a few days, on March 29th and 30th, 2022, SmartHelio will be pitching its solution to a league of world-class investors during Y Combinator’s Demo Day. The most awaited event for the startup community all over the world.  The event will feature founders from 43 countries among the 375 startups selected for this batch. 

With the rising concerns of climate change, innovative cleantech solutions are emerging rapidly across the globe. This growth is supported by investors who have invested $775 Bn in cleantech startups in 2021 and it is growing at 27% YoY. It is not only critical to replace fossil fuels but it is also important to make the current and future cleantech infrastructures truly sustainable. 

What does SmartHelio do?

SmartHelio provides advanced predictive analytics and IoT solutions that help solar utilities automatically predict and prevent downtime disruptions, to increase their annual revenue by $10k per MW/ year from their solar plants.

What problem are they solving?

When a solar plant starts underperforming or shuts down suddenly, it directly affects the revenue of solar companies and operational expense increases. The main reason is the inability to automatically identify the reasons. This loss in revenue combined with increased operational expenditure amounts to a $15 Bn/year (and increasing) loss to the industry.

What is SmartHelio’s USP?

Minimize downtime and fix problems with click of a buttonTheir software reads the live data coming from solar plants, identifies why the plant is under-performing and prescribes actions to the companies with recommended timelines of action. This automation reduces manual interventions in maintaining the solar plants by 80%. If the plant’s data is not accurate, they also offer them their smart sensor IoT device.

Who are their customers?

Solar Developers, often called IPPs – Independent Power Producers (roof-tops and utility).

How did they get here?

The company was the brainchild of Govinda Upadhayay, CEO and Founder of SmartHelio, who is a serial entrepreneur listed in Forbes 30under30 for his work in the clean energy domain. He did his research in climate modeling from a top European tech university, EPFL, Lausanne. Govinda realised that the reactive maintenance of solar plants is affecting the health and its end-of-life. He started his research on designing an intelligent monitoring system that could keep a check on solar assets’ health. Thus, turning reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance for solar PV plants.  

How has their journey been?

In just two years, SmartHelio bagged 15 international awards for its innovative solution and was selected by 8 prestigious acceleration programs. Recently, SmartHelio won the MassChallenge competition and was selected by the AWS Clean Energy Acceleration program. This year SmartHelio was also awarded the B Corporation Certification for meeting the highest social and environmental standards

About Y Combinator

Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Every 6 months over 10,000 companies from across the world apply for the YC accelerator program, commonly called the YC Boot Camp. After critical evaluation by Venture Capitalists, only a selected bunch of companies make it to the three month long Boot Camp. 

During these three months, YC works intensely with startups on their ideas helping founders deal with investors and acquirers. It helps startups to get into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.

So far, more than 3,000 companies have been funded by Y Combinator like Airbnb, Coinbase, Dropbox, Reddit, Stripe to name a few. Many of these companies are now Unicorns.   

AI-based Dynamic Cleaning Schedule for solar PV panels: A data driven cleaning approach

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Solar PV Panel soiling commonly known as soiling losses impact clean energy production of solar power PV plant. Read to know what are soiling losses and how you can reduce solar O&M costs and track cleaning effectiveness of any kind of solar PV plant using AI-based Dynamic Cleaning Schedule.

One of the major roadblocks in solar PV plant’s performance is “Panel Soiling” caused due environmental and natural factors. Predominantly, deposition of dust, bird droppings, industrial dust, dust storm, snow etc. Such soiling causes reflection, absorption and partial scattering of irradiance which leads to reduced amount of solar energy that reaches the solar PV cell. 

What are the effects of soiling on solar PV plant?

The estimated annual losses due to soiling ranges between ~2% and ~6% depending on the geographical location of the PV system. Therefore, an adequate methodology to mitigate soiling losses has become the need of the hour. Unlike other PV system losses, soiling is reversible i.e soiling can be mechanically removed from the surfaces of the solar panels either through natural means such as rain, wind or artificial means such as manual cleaning, semi-automated or fully automated robotic cleaning.

Robotic cleaning and manual wet cleaning of solar PV panels.

The most common anti-soiling technique adopted is the manual wet-cleaning of the entire plant as per fixed schedule. Globally, there has been a visible shift towards robotic cleaning adoption. However, the wide-area spread of the solar plants creates operational challenges for the solar asset managers. In most cases, the soil disposition across the plant is non-uniform and dynamic in nature. Moreover, meteorological events (like rainfall, snow, dust storm, etc.) play a vital role in the overall deposition of soil; hence, these factors should also be considered in the cleaning schedule. A fixed cleaning schedule that normally does not cover these factors, leads to inefficient cleaning and eventually leads to significant loss of energy production and resources (time, water, and labor).

Smarthelio’s Dynamic Cleaning Scheduler

Smarthelio’s Dynamic Cleaning Scheduler takes into consideration soiling trends, meteorological events, cleaning cost and electricity cost and follows an Al-based optimization process to generate a dynamic cleaning schedule and track the cleaning effectiveness for different sections of the plant.

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SmartHelio’s HelioCloud GHI Forecast service predicts solar irradiation for any location in the world.

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Predict solar irradiance with 98% accuracy for any kind of solar plant across the globe.

SmartHelio’s HelioCloud GHI Forecast service is aimed to assist solar asset managers, banks and the like to obtain accurate predictions of global horizontal irradiance for any location in the world. 

What is Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI)?

Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI), the electromagnetic spectrum obtained from the sun is the direct form of abundant energy resource that fuels many processes on the Earth. Although the sun emits a nearly constant amount of radiation (solar constant = 1361.1 W m-2), we experience considerable temporal and spatial variation in the solar radiation received on the Earth’s surface. Because of this, it becomes important to have a reasonably accurate knowledge on the availability and variability of GHI. 

Why is accurate GHI Forecasting important for solar plants?

Today, solar irradiance forecasting receives unprecedented attention from various scientific communities. This is because of the importance of forecasting the variability of solar power for their grid integration, which constitutes a major challenge to a successful transformation of the conventional fossil fuel-based energy sector into a 100% renewable one. 

Current challenges of GHI forecasting

It turns out, however, that current solutions lack localization of the forecasts. Additionally, such solutions do not also discuss the potential changes in GHI under the umbrella of climate change. But long-term radiation magnitudes recorded over different places proves that GHI undergoes substantial multi-decadal variations, which should be considered in solar resource assessments.

SmartHelio’s HelioCloud GHI Forecast service

SmartHelio’s HelioCloud GHI Forecast service predicts solar irradiation for any location in the world. To this end, it employs cutting-edge Machine Learning algorithms along with custom functions to generate insights from historical data that help reduce uncertainty in estimating global horizontal irradiance. 

Furthermore, our algorithms take into account key influencing factors such as:

  • The micro-climate of the location (surface roughness, NDVI, aerosol, etc.),
  • Global climatic phenomena (ENSO, NAO, etc.), 
  • Climate Change (IPCC RCP Scenarios), and
  • Human factors such as pollution, urbanisation, etc. 

This helps us to achieve long-term forecasting accuracy up to 98%.

We believe that with HelioCloud GHI forecast, solar irradiation forecasting can be reinterpreted from a strenuous task into an effortless and user friendly process whose accuracy can be estimated with greater confidence. 

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PV Panel analytics

Your solar PV plants need panel-level analytics!

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Real-time PV Panel analytics

Enhance your inverter & string-level data insights for solar PV plant performance management with real-time panel-level analytics.

You might have seen data at a panel-level in real-time, but have you seen panel-level analytics in real-time

As solar companies are expanding their portfolios, there is a pressing need for module-level data for better management of solar PV power plant systems. In such a scenario, only inverter-level data and string-level data is not sufficient for deep-data analytics. You need granular level data that can help you diagnose and predict faults in real-time. Our real-time panel level analytics eliminates the need for manual intervention and adds unforeseen value to drone and equipment surveys. Now companies can diagnose and predict the faults at the initial stage of module under-performance. Thus, saving money, time and energy.

Over the past 2 years, our panel-level analytics has helped global solar companies to identify and predict PID losses, module degradation, module mismatch, module tilt issues, cell cracks, and many more. Here are a few important use cases, based on our IoT device, that helped our client save more than 30% on O&M expenses and 8% higher energy production. 

  1. Missing inverter data: Using AI and ML algorithms we predict missing inverter data with 99% accuracy. 
  2. Pyranometer data accuracy: Validates the accuracy of pyranometer data. 
  3. PV module degradation rate: Use our root cause analysis to identify, predict and compare faults like cell cracks, soiling pattern, wire losses, hot spots, connector faults etc. 
  4. Compare different PV modules: Compare the performance of different module manufacturers and performance of the modules in different geographies.

Our newly launched PV Panel analytics tool focuses on IoT technology and ML algorithms. We use this technology to provide module-level insights in real-time on any type of solar module. Companies can further enhance their R&D or analytics effort using our module-level raw data,” Sourabh Maladharee, IoT Head.

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LIVE Product Showcase of Real-time Analytics Platform

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March 3, 2022

This entire month you can ask us anything!

For the first time, we are doing exclusive AMA sessions on our newly launched tools

After the successful launch of our four analytics tools, SmartHelio conducted two product showcase sessions with solar industry experts from Europe, Asia and USA. The response to the product showcase events have been overwhelming for our team. Hence, we have decided to dedicate this entire month for our industry friends to know more about our newly launched analytics tools. As a part of this initiative you can book an exclusive Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with us every Wednesday & Friday, 1300 CET/ 5.30 PM IST. During the 45 minutes session, you can ask us anything on the four real-time analytics tools:

  • Data Automation Service: Clean millions of data points within seconds. 99% pure data for better accuracy.
  • GHI Forecasting Service: In-house developed Dynamic Climatic Modelling. 98% accuracy for any plant across the globe.
  • Dynamic Cleaning Schedule: Real-time prediction of when and where to clean. Clean to achieve maximum profitability.
  • PV Panel Analytics: Eliminate the use of drones & equipment for one time surveys. Eliminate the use of drone and equipment for one-time survey

It is time to put an end to all your solar asset management problems. Simply plug in your data into our HelioCloud platform and see the magic. Here is what you get:

  • 80% faster fault localisation.
  • 30% reduced O&M expenses
  • 10% more solar production

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Press Release (German) SmartHelio erhält B-Corporation-Zertifizierung

SmartHelio is a certified B Corp

Januar 2022: Das Datenintelligenzunternehmen SmartHelio hat heute seine Zertifizierung als eingetragene B Corp bekannt gegeben.

B Corps sind eine internationale Gemeinschaft von Unternehmen, die das Geschäft als Kraft für das Gute nutzen. Nach einer strengen Bewertung durch unabhängige Organisationen erhält Smarthelio die B Corp-Zertifizierung mit einer Punktzahl von 116,8 von 200 Punkten, welche weit über der Mindestpunktzahl für eine erfolgreiche Zertifizierung von 80 Punkten liegt.  Mit dieser Zertifizierung zeigt SmartHelio, dass es sich über den Gewinn hinaus für die Einhaltung der höchsten sozialen und ökologischen Standards einsetzt

Die B Corp-Zertifizierung bezieht sich auf das gesamte Unternehmen und deckt die fünf wichtigsten Bereiche, Governance, Arbeitnehmer, Gemeinschaft, Umwelt und Kunden ab. Der Zertifizierungsprozess ist streng: Um zertifiziert zu werden, muss ein Unternehmen eine Mindestpunktzahl von 80 Punkten im B Impact Assessment erreichen und Nachweise für sozial und ökologisch verantwortliche Praktiken erbringen – einschließlich Energieversorgung, Abfall- und Wasserverbrauch, Arbeitnehmer Entlohnung, Vielfalt und Unternehmenstransparenz. Eine weitere Voraussetzung für die B Corp-Zertifizierung ist die Satzungsänderung: Das Unternehmen muss sein Engagement für einen über den Gewinn hinausgehenden Zweck in seiner Unternehmenssatzung verankern.

SmartHelio ist nun Teil einer Gemeinschaft von mehr als 4500 Unternehmen weltweit, die als B Corps zertifiziert sind. Die jüngste Investition des weltweit renommiertesten Startup-Investors Y Combinator hat das Unternehmen in die Lage versetzt, eine bahnbrechende Technologie für die Clean-Tech-Branche zu werden. Die B-Corps-Gemeinschaft enthält Unternehmen aus einem Querschnitt von Branchen und Größen. Dazu gehören bekannte Marken wie innocent, Patagonia, Alpro, Triodos Bank, Alessi und Ecoalf.

Die jüngste Aufmerksamkeit für die Branche der erneuerbaren Energien, insbesondere für die Solarindustrie, macht die B Corp-Zertifizierung von SmartHelio zu einem bemerkenswerten Schritt und signalisiert einen Wandel hin zu mehr Verantwortlichkeit und Transparenz in diesem Sektor.

Jonathan Normand, Direktor von B Lab Switzerland, sagt: “B Lab ist erfreut, SmartHelio in der B Corp Gemeinschaft Willkommen zu heißen. SmartHelio ist ein Pionier in der Bereitstellung von prädiktiven Analysen zur Steigerung der Rentabilität von Cleantech-Infrastrukturen. Seine Technologie hat      die Rentabilität und Langlebigkeit der Anlagen für erneuerbare Energien erhöht, was früher unmöglich schien. Ich freue mich darauf zu sehen, wie SmartHelio andere Unternehmen dazu inspiriert, der B Corp ™ Gemeinschaft beizutreten und die Wirtschaft als Kraft für das Gute zu nutzen.”

Derzeit gibt es über 600 zertifizierte B Corps in Europa und über 4000 weltweit. Andere B Corps der Cleantech-Branche sind Engie Rassembleurs d’Energies, Ipsun Solar, Nuun by Nestle, Solaris Energy und Clean Solar.

Über B Lab Switzerland

B Lab Switzerland ist der Schweizer Zweig der globalen gemeinnützigen Organisation B Lab. B Lab verändert die globale Wirtschaft zum Wohle aller Menschen, Gemeinschaften und des Planeten. Als führendes Unternehmen im Bereich des wirtschaftlichen System Wandels schafft das globale Netzwerk Standards, Richtlinien und Instrumente für Unternehmen. Darüber hinaus zertifiziert es Unternehmen, die eine Vorreiterrolle einnehmen – die so genannten B Corps. Bis heute umfasst die Gemeinschaft über 4.100 B Corps in 74 Ländern und 153 Branchen, über 8.000 gemeinnützige Unternehmen und 100.000 Unternehmen, die ihre Auswirkungen mit B Impact Assessment und SDG Action Manager verwalten.

Über SmartHelio

SmartHelio ist ein Big-Data-Unternehmen für saubere Energie mit Sitz in der Schweiz. Das Unternehmen macht Cleantech-Infrastrukturen profitabel und langlebig, indem es eine proprietäre Deep-Data-Technologie nutzt, die in jahrzehntelanger Forschung in Europa entwickelt wurde. SmartHelio ist der Arzt für Solaranlagen. Er diagnostiziert bestehende Probleme aus der Ferne, sagt Fehler voraus und verschreibt Lösungen in Echtzeit.

Press Release (FR) SmartHelio remporte la certification B Corporation

SmartHelio is a certified B Corp


21 janvier 2022: SmartHelio, une entreprise spécialisée dans l’intelligence des données, a annoncé aujourd’hui sa certification B Corp.

Les B Corps forment une communauté internationale d’entreprises qui utilisent le monde des affairescomme une force pour l’intérêt général. Après une rigoureuse évaluation par un organisme indépendant, Smarthelio obtient la certification B Corp avec un score de 116,8 points sur 200. Avec cette certification, SmartHelio démontre son engagement, au-delà du profit, à répondre aux normes sociales et environnementales les plus élevées.                     .

La certification B Corp intervient à tous les niveaux de l’entreprise et couvre cinq domaines d’impact clés: la Gouvernance, les Travailleurs, les Collectivités, l’Environnement et les Clients. Le processus de certification est exigeant. Pour être certifiée, une entreprise doit atteindre un score minimum de 80 points au B Impact Assessment et et fournir des preuves de pratiques socialement et écologiquement responsables – notamment en matière d’approvisionnement en énergie, de déchets et d’utilisation de l’eau, de rémunération des travailleurs, de diversité et de transparence de l’entreprise. Un autre condition à l’obtention de la certification B Corp est l’inscription légale, au sein des statuts de l’entreprise, de son engagement à poursuivre un objectif au-delà du profit.

SmartHelio fait désormais partie d’une communauté de plus de 4500 entreprises dans le monde qui ont obtenu la certification B Corp. L’investissement récent de Y Combinator, le plus célèbre investisseur de start-ups au monde, a permis à SmartHelio de devenir une technologie disruptive dans le secteur des cleantech. La communauté B Corp inclut des entreprises de toutes tailles et de plus de 150 secteurs différents. Parmi elles, on retrouve des organisations connues comme innocent, Patagonia, Alpro, Triodos Bank, Alessi et Ecoalf.

L’attention récente portée à l’industrie des énergies renouvelables, en particulier à l’industrie solaire, fait de la certification B Corp de SmartHelio une étape notable, et signale un changement vers une plus grande responsabilité et transparence dans le secteur.

Jonathan Normand, directeur de B Lab Suisse, déclare : “B Lab est ravi d’accueillir SmartHelio dans la communauté B Corp. SmartHelio a été un pionnier dans la fourniture d’analyses pour augmenter la rentabilité des infrastructures d’énergie propre. Sa technologie a augmenté la rentabilité et la longévité des actifs d’énergie renouvelable, ce qui semblait auparavant impossible. Je suis impatient de voir SmartHelio inspirer d’autres entreprises à rejoindre la communauté B Corp      et à utiliser le monde des affaires comme une force pour l’intérêt général.”

Il existe actuellement plus de 700 B Corps certifiés en Europe et plus de 4500 dans le monde. Parmi les autres B Corps de l’industrie cleantech figurent Engie Rassembleurs d’Energies, Ipsun Solar, Nuun by Nestle, Solaris Energy et Clean Solar.


À propos de B Lab Switzerland

B Lab Switzerland est la branche suisse de l’organisation mondiale à but non lucratif B Lab. B Lab transforme l’économie mondiale au profit de tous les individus, des communautés et de la planète. En tant que leader du changement des systèmes économiques, son réseau mondial crée des normes, des politiques et des outils pour les entreprises. En outre, il certifie les entreprises – appelées B Corps – qui montrent la voie. À ce jour, la communauté compte plus de 4 500 B Corps dans 74 pays et 153 secteurs d’activité, plus de 8 000 sociétés à but lucratif et 100 000 entreprises qui gèrent leur impact à l’aide de B Impact Assessment et du SDG Action Manager.


À propos de SmartHelio

SmartHelio est une entreprise spécialisée dans l’utilisation du Big Data pour l’énergie propre basée en Suisse. L’entreprise rend les infrastructures cleantech rentables et durables en utilisant une technologie propriétaire de données profondes, développée au cours de décennies de recherche en Europe. SmartHelio est le médecin des centrales solaires. Il diagnostique à distance les problèmes existants, prédit les pannes et prescrit des solutions en temps réel.

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COP26: The time to Act is NOW

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From going paperless to giving options to attendees to make sustainable food choices, the COP26 conference left no stone unturned to send the environment consciousness message both in words and through actions in every way. The beginning is inspiring, but the real work comes beyond the commitments at COP26, when these announcements will need to face accountability.

200 countries and World leaders, more than 40,000 participants, 22,274 party delegates and 14,124 observers deliberated for two weeks to come up with one document of agreement at the 26th meeting of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) that ended recently in Glasgow, UK.

The key issues addressed by the world leaders, researchers, scientists and activists at the COP26 included commitments like:

  • Ending deforestation, planting more trees and saving the existing ones.
  • Cutting down methane emission by 30% by 2030. Net zero emissions to be achieved by 2050.
  • Shifting from coal to alternative energy sources like solar, wind hydel etc.
  • Providing financial assistance to nations in order to help them in energy transition.
  • Taking immediate steps to limit the global temperature to 1.5 Degree Celsius to avoid Climate catastrophe.

From going paperless to giving options to attendees to make sustainable food choices, the COP26 conference left no stone unturned to send the environment consciousness message both in words and through actions in every way. For example, 84 kg of locally harvested Mara Seaweed was used as an entirely sustainable substitute for salt in dishes, drinking cups at the venue were reusable, saving up to approximately 250,000 single use cups, reusable, aluminium water bottles were provided to all participants.

Furthermore, priority was given to low- carbon, alternative energy sources such as electric and low-emission vehicles, solar energy for temporary traffic lights and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in generators instead of diesel.

The Global Forest Finance Pledge

One of the key issues discussed was to finance the protection, restoration, and sustainable management of forests. Massive deforestation, recent forest fires and damages caused by natural calamities have significantly reduced the forest cover. Over 130 leaders, representing more than 90% of the world’s forests, committed to work together to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030. 12 countries including UK, Japan, Canada, Germany and France announced in the COP26 Global Forest Finance pledge to collectively provide US $12 billion for forest-related climate finance between 2021 and 2025.

There were also discussions to scale up carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects globally, a much needed step, particularly considering the 2050 climate targets.

Fashion Industry’s Charter for Climate Action

As per McKinsey research the fashion sector was responsible for some 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in 2018, about 4% of the global total. To put that in context, the fashion industry emits about the same quantity of GHGs per year as the entire economies of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined.

Fashion Industry’s Charter for Climate Action silenced years of allegations for being one of the most prominent contributors to Climate Change.

The Charter will drive the fashion industry to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. More than 130 companies and 41 supporting organisations like Burberry, H&M Group, VF Corporation, Adidas, Kering, Chanel, Nike, and PUMA have signed the Fashion Charter promising commitment to climate action.

Accelerating transition to ZEVs by 2030

According to the World Resource Institute, transport emissions accounted for over 24% of global CO2 emissions in 2016. They’re also expected to grow at a faster rate than that from any other sector, posing a major challenge to efforts to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement and other global goals.

Emissions from the transport sector are a major contributor to climate change — about 14% of annual emissions (including non-CO2 gases) and around a quarter of CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels.

One of the major breakthrough commitments at the COP26 summit was to accelerate transition to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030 or sooner. As many as 30 countries including India, Rwanda, Kenya agreed to work together to make ZEVs the new normal by making them accessible, affordable, and sustainable in all regions. Around $200 million of funds will be mobilised over the next 10 years for this purpose.

The leaders agreed on the fact that decarbonizing public transport was one of the quickest ways to reach decarbonisation. As many as 19 governments stepped forward to support the establishment of ‘green shipping corridors’ — zero-emission shipping routes between two ports.

SMEs have a major role to play when it comes to mitigating climate change. The digital footprint of the internet accounts for as much as 3.7% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and this figure is expected to double by 2025. SMEs in the UK alone, generate 25.8m tonnes of CO2 every year. Governments are making efforts through energy efficiency schemes like the Clean Heat Grant to provide upfront capital funding to any business using green heating technologies.
Here is guide on how SMEs can reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact.

UN Global Climate Action Awards

The COP26 conference also shed light on the ‘silent doers’ who were moving the world towards a highly resilient, low-carbon future. The UN Global Climate Action Awards recognized some of the most practical, scalable and replicable projects that showed how people, businesses, governments and industries were tackling climate change.

The awardees ranged from the world’s first renewable island community in Denmark to the leading debt-financing provider for distributed solar energy in Africa, to a London-based fashion house focused on environmentally, ethically and socially conscious style for a sustainable future.

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Gender at the forefront of climate action

Realising the widespread impact of climate change on weaker sections like women and girls, countries at the World Climate Change Summit committed to put gender at the forefront of climate action.

While Canada ensured that 80% of its $5.3 billion climate investments over the next five years will target gender equality outcomes, Germany announced a new Gender Strategy under its International Climate Initiative (IKI) which will promote gender-transformative approaches in international climate and biodiversity cooperation. Other countries that committed to embed gender equality in their Climate Action Plan included UK, Bolivia, USA etc.

Building sustainable healthcare systems

Learning a lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic, 47 countries committed to build healthcare systems that will be able to withstand the impacts of climate change. These healthcare systems will be sustainable as well as low on carbon. 12 of these countries have set a deadline of 2050 or earlier, by which their healthcare system will reach net zero.

Young generation demands climate action

More than 40,000 young climate leaders from 23 countries voiced their opinions at the World Climate summit in Glasgow. Making schools carbon-neutral and putting climate at the heart of national curriculums were some of the commitments made by the next generation leaders that signified how youngsters were an unstoppable force.

Leaders acknowledged that it was crucial to harness the expertise of young people and channelize their energy towards generating a global action on climate change. Education ministers from around the world pledged to draft a Sustainability and Climate Change strategy to equip and empower young people with the skills they need to drive the future of climate action. This includes the introduction of a Primary Science Model Curriculum, to include an emphasis on nature and the recognition of species and supporting the youngest pupils to develop conservation skills.

Adopting sustainable farming policies

Another main focus of the COP26 summit was on development of sustainable, low carbon agriculture and food systems. As many as 45 governments pledged urgent action and investment to protect nature and shift to more sustainable ways of farming. Around 95 companies committed to be ‘Nature Positive’ by 2030. The World bank committed to spend $25 billion in climate finance annually to 2025 through its Climate Action Plan with focus on agriculture and food systems.

The conference saw 26 nations committing to change their agricultural policies to become more sustainable and to invest in the science for protecting food supplies against climate change. These included India, Colombia, Vietnam, Germany, Ghana, and Australia. Over ten new countries signed up to protect 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030. These included Bahrain, Jamaica, St Lucia, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, India, Qatar, Samoa, Tonga, Gambia and Georgia.

Opportunity to succeed

Hours of discussions, negotiations, and arguments were exchanged, views and interests of around 200 countries were taken into consideration to come up with one document that will decide the future of this planet and our next generations.

While developed countries stressed on limiting global warming to 1.5°C, developing countries intended on securing firm pledges on climate finance, vulnerable countries demanded compensation for being the worst sufferers of climate change. But almost every country agreed on the fact that although the outcome was far from perfect, walking away with no agreement would have been even worse.

The beginning is inspiring, but the real work comes beyond the commitments at COP26, when these announcements will need to face accountability. A significant progress was made at the COP26 but we still have a mountain to climb.

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COP26 Clean Technologies Climate Change solar energy sustainable energy

COP26 Highlight: Clean-tech innovations lead the way

COP26 Climate Change clean energy clean technology sustainabilityHours of discussions, negotiations, and arguments were exchanged at the COP26 conference to come with one document that will decide the fate of this world. But the real work comes beyond the commitments at COP26. The world is on the cusp of energy transition. But we still have a mountain to climb.

200 countries and World leaders, more than 40,000 participants, 22,274 party delegates and 14,124 observers deliberated for two weeks to come up with one document of agreement at the 26th meeting of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) that ended recently in Glasgow, UK.

After the release of the IPCC report that signaled a ‘Code Red’ for humankind, the COP26 summit was needed to frame a meaningful response to global warming. For all those who do not know what COP26 was, read here.

Smarthelio has been following the COP26 summit since day 1 in anticipation that some major decisions would be taken by World leaders regarding clean energy adoption. It was exciting to see clean energy was high on the agenda of the speakers. Several leaders also addressed the need for innovation and new technologies to meet the Global target of Net Zero Emission by 2050 possible.

We, as a company, feel that due to lack of resources and financial support, the vast impact of Climate Change would be borne by the poor countries. Hence, there is an urgent need for scaling up affordable clean technologies to ensure smooth clean energy transition of low and poor income countries.

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Net Zero emission by 2050 target is still possible through joint efforts of powerful nations, private companies and governments. Making clean energy affordable and investing in innovative climate change focused businesses will help poor nations in energy transition and will also create jobs for millions. SmartHelio is working tirelessly to implement digitization and automation in the clean energy value chain making it affordable for anyone across the globe, creating local jobs and training them in their local languages. In parallel to the strong R&D focused deep-tech solutions, we also want to build an intelligent distributed workforce that can understand and use deep-tech at their fingertips for we believe that clean energy not only needs to be affordable but very convenient to use and maintain.

One of the key concerns raised at the COP26 was the need to promote advanced clean technologies that could help achieve the zero emission target. It was inspiring to see leaders advocating for the need to scale up carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, long-duration energy storage systems. Being a young and global company, we envision to lead the revolution to make clean technologies affordable and efficient enough for the masses to conveniently make a green choice and increase their standard of living.

SmartHelio has been recognized as one of the top 10 Swiss startups that is providing the most innovative climate change solutions. Keeping digitization and automation at our core, our solution helps solar energy assets live longer with minimal manual interventions. And enthused by the actions promised at the COP26 summit, we envision to become “The Brain of Clean Energy”. Our effort towards this vision is directed by the goal to reduce the e-waste and promote recycling for a sustainable circular economy. Thus making investment in this sector beneficial for all stakeholders of the industry and the society at large.

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