Omdena Chapter Page: Tunisia

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Welcome to the Tunisia Chapters!

There are 2 active chapters in Tunisia:

  1. Carthage University, Tunisia
  2. Tunisia

Apply here to be a chapter lead for other cities and/or universities in Tunisia

                          Project Applications Closed!

Project Starts: October 15th 

Duration: 4 Weeks

All Data Science Skills Welcome!

Building Tunisia Renewable Energy Map

The Background

Tunisia has witnessed growing deficits in its energy balance over the past two decades. This trend is largely the result of increasing energy consumption in all economic sectors, coupled with the decline of hydrocarbon production. This led to an energy deficit amounting to 50% in 2019 compared to 7% in 2010, thus leading the country to become more dependent on imported fossil energy. The electricity generation mix is dominated by natural gas, while renewable energy resources represented only 3.0% in 2019. This strong dependence on natural gas has serious implications for Tunisia’s energy security since domestic production of gas has stagnated to the point of even declining in recent years.

The Problem

Today, the main source of electricity in Tunisia is oil and gas. In fact, the electricity generation mix is dominated by natural gas at 97.5%. 

The strong dependence on natural gas has serious implications for Tunisia’s energy security, as domestic production of natural gas has stagnated and even declined during recent years. 

The recent increase in energy imports highlights Tunisia’s economic and social vulnerability amid volatile international energy prices, further amplified with the devaluation of the Tunisian dinar (TND). In fact, the energy import bill is increasing yearly. In 2019, the energy import bill was around 10 000 million TND only for Natural gas and oil products. 

In this project, we aim to encourage investments in the field of renewable energies. This is by developing a tool to determine what kind of renewable energy is the most suitable for a given region in Tunisia.

The Project Goals

Through this work, we want to:

1. Diversify the energy mix and integrate renewable energies 

2. Strengthen energy efficiency 

3. Preserve environment 

4. Reduce the energy import bill

5. Provide a guide for investors and researchers

6. Create a heatmap showing the best locations for renewable energy investments in Tunisia

The Tasks & Timeline

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4

– Collect weather data 

– Collect information from on-ground systems 

– Collect Satellite Images

-Start building WebApp

– Exploratory Data Analysis

– Interactive plots with Real-time data

– Interactive map weather tracker 

– Define appropriate metrics for evaluation 

-Classification / Clustering mode

– Model Optimization

– Continue building Web App

– Predict Efficiency of renewable energy 

– Region clustering model based on the type of clean energy

– Continue building WebApp

-Finish Integrating WebApp

-Deploy the App in Cloud Application Platforms

Tunisia Chapter Leads

Khahil Henchi

Khalil is a machine learning engineer with +3 years of experience in different industries and roles. He is passionate about using AI techniques to solve local challenges and create new frontiers and opportunities for his community and is working to make the field accessible for people from different backgrounds. His goal is to create amazing tools and projects that will change our daily lives forever. Welcome on board for this amazing journey to discover the data world!

Karem Chatti

Karem Chatti is a Junior ML Engineer at Omdena, an undergraduate Renewable Energy engineering student at ENSTAB – Carthage University and an AI enthusiast.

The Learning Outcomes

1. Data collection and wrangling: Collect useful data related to the problem 

2. Data exploration and analysis: Clean and analyze data to extract useful patterns and information 

3. Modeling: Try different modeling approaches and use suitable metrics to solve the problem 

4. Deployment: Prepare the solution for deployment and production  

5. Results communication: Present the outputs, outcomes of the projects and its utilities