Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence (AI) service is in discussions with National Grid to help balance Great Britain’s energy supply and demand.

Demis Hassabis, DeepMind’s Chief Executive, told the Financial Times newspaper: “We’re at early stages talking to National Grid and other big providers about how we could look at the sorts of problems they have.

“It would be amazing if you could save 10% of the country’s energy usage without any new infrastructure, just from optimisation. That’s pretty exciting.”

Predicting demand

AI could be used to more accurately predict demand and then help balance the system more efficiently.

DeepMind added: “There’s huge potential for predictive machine learning technology to help energy systems reduce their environmental impact.

“One really interesting possibility is whether we could help the National Grid maximise the use of renewables through using machine learning to predict peaks in demand and supply.”