Palau joins the RE-SAT renewable energy project

Press release issued November 26, 2018

Renewable energy space technology initiative for Palau

UK-based Institute for Environmental Analytics is to partner with the Government of Palau to implement an innovative renewable energy analytics platform – RE-SAT – to support the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The partnership has been made possible by investment from the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme (IPP) and reflects Palau’s position at the forefront of promoting clean growth.

RE-SAT fuses satellite and in-situ weather data with advanced analytics to provide highly detailed renewable energy information to help users:

  • Explore and define the best renewable energy mix.
  • Plan where to locate different renewable energy infrastructure.
  • Assess the potential financial viability of renewable energy investments.
  • Estimate power production and variability, taking into account seasonal weather patterns.

The IEA will work in partnership with the Government of Palau and its utility partners to tailor RE-SAT to their needs and build the capacity of stakeholders to support its implementation, combining the IEA’s expertise with in-country knowledge and skills.

Colin McKinnon, CEO of the IEA, said: “By working closely with Palau we will provide the quality of data they need to develop a sound business case to switch to renewable sources to a far greater extent. Understanding minute-by-minute variability is a key question as it affects the requirement for reserve energy generation. However, long periods of historic observations are often not available from existing data sources. With our world-leading skills in data analytics we will use Earth observation data to construct a synthetic weather model for Palau to improve both the planning of renewable investment and also the management of reserve capacity.

“As RE-SAT is funded by the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme, the project runs as a true partnership, using the knowledge and expertise of our Palau partners. It is not a one-off consultancy exercise by a third party.”

Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “We’re proud to support Palau in their transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, which will deliver greater self-sufficiency while reducing global carbon emissions to combat climate change.”

Palau is one of six small island developing states (SIDS) to benefit from £2.9m investment from the UK Space Agency IPP in RE-SAT. The others are: St Lucia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Find out more about RE-SAT at https://www.re-sat.com/

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For more information please contact Sally Stevens, Marketing & Communications Manager at the IEA on +44 (0)7740 674074 / +44 (0)118 378 6821 or email s.stevens@the-iea.org

IEA CEO Colin McKinnon and IEA RE-SAT Programme Manager Dr Maria Noguer, centre, with Palau energy administration staff and Hon Minister Charles Obichang from the Ministry of Public Infrastructures and Commerce (MPIIC).
IEA CEO Colin McKinnon and IEA RE-SAT Programme Manager Dr Maria Noguer, centre, with Palau energy administration staff and Hon Minister Charles Obichang from the Ministry of Public Infrastructures and Commerce (MPIIC).
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