IEA launches RE-SAT renewable energy planning tool

Press release Issued November 28, 2017

TODAY (Tuesday, November 28) the Institute for Environmental Analytics launches its new renewable energy planning tool, RE-SAT, with a showcase demonstration for the Seychelles Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr Didier Dogley, and VIP guests at the Savoy Hotel, Mahe Island, Seychelles.

What is RE-SAT?

RE-SAT stands for Renewable Energy Space Analytics Tool. It is a powerful renewable energy analytics platform developed by the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) to support governments, utilities, investors and other stakeholders in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and trialled in the Seychelles.

Funded by the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme (IPP), RE-SAT has been developed in the Seychelles as an initial proof-of-concept platform in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of the Seychelles.

For the first time RE-SAT enables the Government, communities, stakeholders and energy providers in the Seychelles to analyse the energy generation capacity and grid impact of different deployments of wind, solar and wave renewables in order to maximise the impact of investment, reduce financial risk and reduce exposure to volatile fossil fuel markets.

Combining Earth Observation data with innovative modelling, RE-SAT aims to support the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, offering a low carbon pathway for sustainable development and supporting the Seychelles’ commitment to transitioning to a low-emission, climate-resilient future.

At the launch Colin McKinnon, CEO of the IEA, and the IEA Technical Team joined Mr Dogley, the British High Commissioner Caron Röhsler, Roland Alcindor, Head of UNDP Seychelles, Athene Gadsby of the UK Space Agency, Seychelles Government officials and VIP guests from stakeholders including the Seychelles Energy Commission, the Public Utilities Corporation, Seychelles Meteorological Authority and representatives from some government-endorsed PV suppliers and installers.

RE-SAT welcomed by Energy Minister

Minister Dogley commented: “SIDS like Seychelles face major challenges when it comes to providing affordable and clean energy to their people.  Although, there is political will to increase the amount of renewable energy in our energy mix, major investments have to be made to generate scientific data required to overcome technical hurdles and optimise investment in renewable energy.

“The support from our UK partners has provided us with an excellent planning tool, which will enable us achieve our ultimate goal of 100% renewable energy generation.”

Mr McKinnon said: “Over the past 11 months the IEA team has worked closely with our partners in the Seychelles and UNDP to turn an idea into a working proof-of-concept data platform which is now about to be used for energy planning activity within the Seychelles. It’s an exciting moment for us and we are very grateful for the support we have received from our partners and the UK Space Agency through the IPP grant award which has allowed us to undertake this work.”

Ray Fielding, Head of the International Partnership Programme at the UK Space Agency, said: “We are very pleased to be working with the IEA to help the Seychelles move from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This is not only important to help combat the effects of climate change but also provides a stable, independent and self-reliant source of energy for the Seychelles. This programme will harness the UK’s cutting-edge innovation, by using space data analysis techniques to survey and identify cost effective sites for placing renewable energy systems. This will also provide critical economic information to inform decisions and plans to efficiently and cost effectively transition to renewables. By using space solutions the IEA will make a positive, practical impact on the lives of those living in the Seychelles.”

RE-SAT combines multiple environmental datasets with advanced analytics and software engineering to provide detailed renewable energy data to help users:

  • Plan where to locate assets
  • Estimate power production taking account of environmental variables such as solar radiation, wind and waves.
  • Assess the potential financial viability of renewable energy investments
  • Explore different renewable energy mixes

The project included a bespoke training session delivered by the IEA in the Seychelles last week to explore how RE-SAT uses a combination of Earth Observation data and statistical modelling to provide higher resolution and more accurate data for high-level decision making which will support the Government of Seychelles in reaching its renewable energy target.

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RE-SAT launch
The IEA Technical Team with representatives of Seychelles' stakeholders during the RE-SAT renewable energy planning tool training workshop.
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RE-SAT supports the Seychelles in moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy.