Energy security is critical for the growth and prosperity of European economies. Space-based systems and services already play an important part in the commercial sectors of the energy industry, but there is still a significant potential for increasing this.
Space services have applications in renewable energy sources as well as in traditional oil-carbon and nuclear sectors. Such services can deliver benefits throughout all the phases of energy production and supply, ranging from identifying reservoirs and sites, to controlling and monitoring of the distribution networks across Europe. They also provide support to policy formulation and enforcement.
Status date: 08 August 2017
The present project is intended to equip owners of High Voltage power infrastructures with: a) a continuous monitoring and alarming system to support the inspection and maintenance procedures, and b) a management system providing crucial information to support the dispatching of electrical energy (cfr. Dynamic Line Rating).
Status date: 27 July 2017
e2E intends to offer more affordable data communication services into niche markets currently underserved from existing infrastructure or where traditional satellite delivery is too expensive. The core of the service concept builds on two key technologies that have been developed with small airborne IDP networks in mind that incudes RPAS, HAPS and small satellites.
Status date: 21 July 2017
The MULDIARCOS project will implement and demonstrate a cohesive end-to-end delivery chain of satellite and metocean data. The focus is on maritime operations in harsh Arctic regions. Such operations often have a need of fast and regular Earth Observation and weather information. Streamlined and effective ordering, delivery procedures and user-interfaces are a necessity in the operations due to limited and expensive communication channels to the vessels.
Status date: 27 June 2017
The Com4Offshore services enable communication and information exchange between offshore and onshore supporting logistics processes and construction workflow with the aim to significantly reduce the time and costs of the costly offshore construction projects. It offers:- Satellite based public service supporting the communication needs of the different user groups in offshore wind farm areas.- Technically and economically optimal solution to the users irrespective of their location by combining wireless, mobile and satellite network technologies.- Access communications services, sensor devices & software applications for offshore construction activities
Status date: 24 May 2017
Design, development and pre-operation of a service platform providing an automated and continuous monitoring service of dam infrastructure and its surroundings by integrating GNSS and InSAR space capabilities.
Status date: 12 April 2017
M3i is an end-to-end, one-stop service that reduces the fieldwork required to gather information on critical Landscapes of Interest. Satellite imagery, analysed in conjunction with a minimal set of ground-based data, significantly reduces the time and money required to perform surveys, and thus greatly improves the potential for all forms of land use to be incorporated into sustainable management schemes.
Status date: 05 April 2017
Provision of Snow, Run-off and Hydropower Information for Remote Areas: We are using In-Situ Snow Monitoring, Earth Observation and Model Techniques as innovative solution for the assessment of snow cover, the amount of water stored in it, it’s potential for energy production and the related risk of flood events.
Status date: 15 March 2017
Spottitt is the new brand name for the SEWISS service delivered by the project consortium. Spottitt has been conceived to support onshore wind developers, turbine manufacturers and energy providers with the complex, expensive and time consuming process of screening and selecting the most suitable greenfield sites for development, without the need for initial travel to sites of interest.
Status date: 15 March 2017
ISSWIND provides value-adding services to wind power industry in the areas of planning and operations, with financial and organizational benefits, to a wide range of wind power stakeholders. More accurate wind resource assessments and power production estimations are just two of the range of services available that shall benefit the client’s business.
Status date: 19 December 2016
SatCorpAfrica (SATellite CORPorate services in AFRICA) is a Satcom Applications project by SatADSL (BE) aimed at developing, integrating and validating a satellite IP connectivity system and associated services allowing SatADSL to offer via local African Telecom Operators a solution targeting the WAN (Wide-Area-Network) market segment with a set of attractive and flexible offers.
Status date: 07 December 2016
TransparentForests, a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) for mapping and data management, is designed to increase the credibility and transparency of the FSC certification process. It supports all stakeholders in engaging with, and improving the certification process. It creates opportunities for operational efficiency across the certification service delivery chain. The TransparentForests concept has applications in forest insurance, finance and biomass energy.
Status date: 02 December 2016
The project is a feasibility study in order to establish whether there are sufficient market opportunities, and the technological maturity for developing a flexible and reliable intelligent sensor network where satellites are among the nodes in the network (ISSN). ISSN has a number of potential application areas in connection with Offshore Oil & Gas exploration and production, environmental surveillance in general, safety, search and rescue, transportation etc.
Status date: 29 November 2016
The Battery Array Management System automates the storage and distribution of power. Unlike existing battery arrays, the BAMS will maintain better Security of Supply, ensure that the reserve does not loose capacity over time and extends operation of batteries by 50%-100%.
Status date: 24 November 2016
PalmOilVision aims at providing the palm oil sector with innovative, reliable and cost efficient services for increasing production sustainability and efficiency, through the integration of Earth observation imagery and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
Status date: 02 November 2016
This project consists on a study to define Supporting Services for the Wind Power Industry, having in mind the possible use of space technology, assets or products and its added value, gaps and possible improvements.
Status date: 02 September 2016
Profumo proposes novel weather-based services for the Mediterranean navigation with the aim of granting fuel saving, pollution reduction and improving safety for passengers, crew, goods and ships’ instruments. The idea is to establish a cooperative schema (between commercial vessels) where meteo-marine data is collected from standard and non-standard on-board instrumentation and used to produce innovative high resolution meteo-marine products, and to provide route optimization and navigation services.
Status date: 01 September 2016
To demonstrate the added value of space assets for the monitoring of the integrity and safety of gas & oil transmission pipelines.
Status date: 05 August 2016
Internet of Things/IoT – M2M – industry 4.0 – these headlines are representing large user groups which have an urgent need of a globally available, low-cost, secure data service, dedicated to very small data volumes per sensor and for use also in remote areas. The objective of the study is the requirements analysis of 2 focus user groups: railway transportation and container/waste management.
Status date: 26 May 2016
The European Commission established a long-term objective of decreasing the CO2-emission levels for the building sector by 27% by 2030.Every third building in Europe is in need of deep renovation (older that sixty years). People in these houses are overpaying for the heating many times. That is both economically and environmentally harmful. Buildings account for 40% of the EU's energy consumption, 36% of its CO2 emissions. Current annual building renovation rate in Europe is below 2%.The actual thermal performance of building stock is the critical element for situation awareness, impacting progress on energy efficiency measure uptake. Utilising Earth observation, satellite navigation and ground level data, ThermCERT represents a crucial aid in helping to understand the true thermal performance of the city built environment, highlighting the energy efficiency problematic areas and issues.
Status date: 18 April 2016
SATLAS is an Idea Incubator, developed for and offered to innovators who want to “Start, Integrate and Test” their SatCom related concepts in an easy, light and quick way, taking benefit from the support, mentoring, services and tools made available from the SATLAS consortium (SES Techcom, SatADSL, Newtec).
Status date: 22 March 2016
The solution intends to provide owners of High Voltage power infrastructures with useful information for supporting the management of both procedures for inspection and maintenance, and dispatching of electrical energy.
Status date: 17 February 2016
The objective of the feasibility study is the assessment of the technical feasibility and commercial viability of an integrated communication system, enabling a multimodal usage of communication infrastructure and services for offshore wind park construction. The interactive applications of such innovative system include a simplified, reliable and cost effective exchange of voice, video data and positioning information between the contractual partners of offshore construction activities during a complete wind farm project.
Status date: 14 January 2016
The SEWISS service has been conceived to support onshore wind developers with the complex, expensive and time consuming process of screening and selecting the most suitable greenfield sites for development, without the need for initial travel to sites of interest. The SEWISS system is conceived to be a one-stop online portal, where developers can access recent, relevant, high resolution EO, and non EO data layers, then within the same portal use these layers of data to conduct automated land cover, rooftop recognition, green field, turbine selection and positioning analysis across their areas of interest.
Status date: 28 October 2015
SUMO is a service to assist in the planning and monitoring of marine operations for offshore wind farms. The service integrates diverse information regarding the monitoring and forecasting of metoceanic conditions and locations of vessels and personnel involved.This enables the management and coordination of the construction, operations and maintenance activities to increase efficiency and safety.
Status date: 16 September 2015
Feasibility study on new electricity infrastructure management services using space assets
Status date: 31 August 2015
With the support of ESA, Finnish company Sharper Shape Ltd is developing innovative services for the improvement of maintenance and recovery of high voltage electricity transportation infrastructure using SatEO, GNSS data and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Status date: 14 August 2015
Forest products such as paper, wood and composite materials are used in everything from construction to news distribution and energy generation, yet they may represent considerable environmental and social impacts. Today, knowing the origin and life cycle of product constituents is important for both retailers and consumers. Major corporations do not like to be associated with poor forest management: it is bad for business and for customer relations.
Status date: 08 July 2015
Telespazio VEGA UK are developing a range of value-added services using layers of geo-information and commercial data that can be customised to the needs of specific operators. The services include primarily satellite derived imagery VMS (24/7 Vessel Monitoring System) from the Telespazio Group, AIS (Automatic Identification System) provided by Canadian consortium member exactEarth Europe Ltd, and low bandwidth high fidelity image transfer system AnsuR, a Norwegian company.Maritime expertise and access to the market through Marine South East and additional maritime data layers are provided by Stevenson Astrosat and HR Wallingford.This solution presents a viable Arctic Integrated Situational Awareness Service building upon existing operational or semi-operational services provided by consortium members, and adding additional features believed to be of value to the user community that will help to differentiate and ensure the success of the service.
Status date: 18 June 2015
The SURMON Demonstration Project targets airborne Geophysical Survey (GS) and oil Pipeline Monitoring (PM) services based on the use of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). Equipped with suitable sensors and making use of satellite communication and navigation, operation of the RPA beyond line-of-sight is enabled.
Status date: 12 June 2015
INTOGENER (INTegration of EO data and GNSS-R signals for ENERgy applications) Demo is a project aiming at demonstrating the operational capabilities of a water flow monitoring and prediction system aimed at hydropower production and water management organizations.
Status date: 06 May 2015
Concentrating solar thermal power plants with an electricity production of up to 250 MW have to be integrated into the electricity grid. Both day-ahead and intra-day forecasting of the production and therefore direct solar irradiance forecasting is needed.The demonstration project investigates a production forecasting system using numerical weather prediction and satellite-based nowcasting. The project includes the setup of a demonstration solar production forecast system for the La Africana power plant in Spain.
Status date: 08 July 2014
SnowSense aims at the qualitative, spatial and temporal improvement of available snow information (snow covered area, snow parameters). It integrates space and ground-based assets to achieve this target. The project has won the 2013 ESA IAP IntegSpace Award.
Status date: 26 May 2014
This study aims to identify and realise the benefits that can be brought to the wind power service industry by integrating new and/or improved space capabilities. The study focusses on the users/stakeholders of the wind industry to understand their needs, with the aim to identify a potential gap in the infrastructure.
Status date: 04 October 2012
The UASatCom project targets airborne geophysical survey and oil and gas pipeline monitoring services based on an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Equipped with suitable sensors and making use of satellite communication and navigation, operation of the UAS beyond line-of-sight is enabled.
Status date: 11 June 2012
Pipeline integrity management is a key concept in the gas and pipeline industry. This concept involves the definition of a Pipeline Integrity Management System (PIMS), which describes all activities to ensure that the pipeline system is safe and operational 24/7.
Status date: 21 March 2012
CCS SpaceMon aims at the integration of spaceborne Earth observation, navigation and communication to support the monitoring of future CO2 storage sites as part of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology. The monitoring plays an important role and is mandatory during operation but also after abandonment of such sites.
Status date: 15 June 2011
Concentrating solar thermal power plants with an electricity production of up to 250 MW have to be integrated into the electricity grid. Both day-ahead and intra-day forecasting of the production and therefore direct solar irradiance forecasting is needed. The feasibility study investigates a production forecasting service using numerical weather prediction and satellite-based nowcasting. It will prepare the setup of a demonstration solar production forecast system for the Andasol-3 power plant in Spain.
Status date: 10 November 2010
The aim of the study is to promote the integration of state-of-the-art satellite telecommunication and Earth observation technologies with power grid management systems. The activity is carried out by Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA in close collaboration with TERNA SpA , the primary owner of the Italian National High Voltage Electricity Transmission Grid (NTG), with nearly 60 thousand km of lines throughout the national territory.