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Sunairio Wins NSF Phase I SBIR Grant for New Climate Simulation Technology

March 12, 2024

Sunairio is excited to announce it has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant. The NSF SBIR program, which selects less than 14% of applying startups, funds high-impact technological research and development (R&D) across a wide range of disciplines.   

For Sunairio, the award will fund research into a new, highly scalable climate simulation engine that promises to generate climate insights for the energy sector at 1,000 times the resolution of traditional, physics-based global climate models, such as the ones which support the body of research conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

Sunairio’s new climate simulation solution is a novel combination of generative AI and advanced statistics that early research shows can replicate forward-looking local (3-km x 3-km) hourly weather patterns and climate trends for up to 15 years. This approach will fill a technical and commercial gap because the traditional global climate models are very computationally intense and, therefore, only run at 100-km x 100-km, which isn’t sufficient to accurately model site-specific weather risk at wind and solar farms. 

Read the full press release here.

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