True Corp, Alibaba Cloud create AI platform to help Thai firms go green

True, Alibaba Cloud create AI platform to help Thai firms go green
From left: William Xiong, VP of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence and GM for International Industry Solutions; and Ekaraj Panjavinin, chief digital officer at True Corp

True Digital Group announced on Monday that it is collaborating with Alibaba Cloud to launch an AI-powered ‘Climate Technology Platform’ that aims to help enterprises identify energy efficiency challenges and go green.

The Climate Technology Platform leverages Alibaba Cloud’s ‘Energy Expert’ solution, which uses analytics computing and AI technologies to help enterprises scientifically calculate carbon emissions, measure their product carbon footprints, formulate a carbon neutrality plan, and implement energy-saving and carbon-reducing schemes to achieve sustainable development while also saving costs.

The platform also integrates cloud, IoT sensors and devices, and an integrated data management platform that provides in-depth analysis of various energy sources.

Combined with the Energy Expert tool, the Climate Technology Platform enables enterprises to build a cloud-based automated energy management system that enables real-time control of energy consumption and monitoring of greenhouse gas emission and carbon footprints. True Digital says the platform can also make predictive recommendations based on AI- algorithms.

True Corp’s chief digital officer Ekaraj Panjavinin said its pilot climate technology is focused on energy management, which will increase businesses’ competency in energy consumption management and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

“True Digital plans to expand the climate technology platform, leveraging various technologies to mitigate and adapt climate change, such as green building technology and industrial process innovation, paving the way to Net Zero and create sustainable balance between business growth and environmental footprint.”

The platform has already been utilised in a pilot project by Bangkok Hospital to manage its HVAC (air conditioning and ventilation) systems since September 2023.

Thailand’s tropical climate makes HVAC systems essential, but they also consume lots of energy. Consequently, a common challenge for hospitals is to boost the efficiency of their chiller plant operations.

Prasart Koosermmit, facility management manager at Bangkok Hospital, said the hospital has successfully used the Climate Technology Platform solution to increase the efficiency of its indoor HVAC system, with a monthly average reduction in energy consumption of up to 15% compared to the previous year’s usage.

True’s Ekaraj added that he expects the Climate Technology Platform – which is being offered via a platform-as-a-service business model – to also serve various industries such as retail, agriculture, manufacturing.

True expects the platform to draw considerable business as the Thai government continues its push to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40% by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

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