Solar power is one of the fastest growing renewable energy sources. However, there is a major challenge associated with solar power production, and that is its intermittency caused by variable weather conditions. 

Organizers of the hackathon: Shell, NVIDIA and Microsoft, with support from SINE (IIT Bombay) and NIRMAAN (IIT Madras), believe that bright minds passionate about AI can creatively and effectively address this problem and contribute to increasing the share of renewable energy in the electricity mix. The winners of the hackathon will be awarded with either monetary prizes or funding to further develop their Proof of Concept. This is a closed event for Shell Hackathon stage 2 participants only

In Level 2 of the challenge the participants will be asked to predict GHI (Global Horizontal Irradiance) for any 2-hour interval of the day, subject to the availability of a minimum 2-hour window of prior data, leading to the start time of the prediction window. More information can be found in the problem statement.

Visit shell.com/hackathon for more info.
 

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Event Format

This Hackathon will be hosted online with all times Indian Standard Time (IST). All communication will be done through Zoom, Slack and email. 

Prerequisites

  • Experience with Python, AI and Computer Vision. No GPU Programming knowledge is required. 
  • This is a closed event for Shell.ai Hackathon stage 2 participants only

GPU Compute Resource

Selected teams for stage 2 will be provided with access to a Hackathon cluster with Tesla V100 GPUs for the duration of the event. 

Problem Statement

In the case of solar power generation, the solar irradiance is the ‘fuel’, which is naturally affected by multiple weather parameters mentioned in the previous round. 

In this phase, we are increasing the complexity by two ways: 
1) You are expected to predict GHI (Global Horizontal Irradiance) for any 2-hour interval of the day, subject to the availability of a minimum 2-hour window of prior data, leading to the start time of the prediction window. 
2) The prediction interval is now at 10 mins, resulting in 12 predictions over the 2-hour window.

In this round, we will also provide additional information relating to sky camera images. In addition to the raw sky images, we will provide scaled images that truly represent the pixel size. 

For more information, please view Shell.ai Hackathon Level 2 Problem statement.

How to Apply

Selected teams for stage 2 need to submit their Level 1 Pitch as PPT format by clicking on the "Apply Now" button above. Only the Team Lead needs to proceed with this action (one submission per team). There is no possibility to change the team setup in Stage 2. All shortlisted teams have to continue with the same team members as in Level 1.

Awards

In the General Edition (Track 1)

  • 1st prize: 2,500 USD
  • 2nd prize: 2,000 USD
  • 3rd prize: 1,500 USD

Special Start-up Edition (Track 2)

  • Maximum 3 winners
  • A chance to receive Proof of Concept funding and develop their products with Shell GameChanger (up to 150k USD), Microsoft Incubation Hub and potentially SINE (IIT-B) and NIRMAAN (IIT-M) (subject to Shell’s and our partners’ criteria and regulations)

Winning Criteria

  • The winners will be evaluated based on private leaderboard ranking, as well as qualitative factors that will be shared with participants after the start of Level 2.
  • The metric to evaluate your submission will be Mean Absolute Error (MAE).

Disclaimers

  • Hackathon committee shall have final authority in selecting applications as per the suitability and nature of the proposals.
  • Hackathon committee shall have final authority in selecting winning teams as per the criteria mentioned in the FAQ section.

FAQ

Please visit Shell.ai Hackathon for Sustainable and Affordable Energy general FAQ page to learn more about this event.

Event Focus
AI

Important Event Dates

  • Shell.ai Hackathon: AI Solar Power Prediction Challenge Kick Off
  • Bootcamps and Mentoring sessions Ends
  • Shell.ai Hackathon: AI Solar Power Prediction Challenge Last Day
  • Winners announcement and Awards Ceremony