RE-SAT workshops will take three island states closer to their renewable energy targets
By Sally Stevens, May 2019
Our RE-SAT renewable energy team will be holding workshops with our island RE-SAT partners over the next few weeks, introducing them to the eagerly-anticipated first refined weather data products that form the basis of our powerful energy analytics software platform.
Having been successfully piloted in Seychelles, RE-SAT is now rolling out to a further six Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It provides their government, utilities, businesses, services and communities with a decision-making application for low carbon energy they can rely on, tailored to their own weather and landscape and including GIS data on existing networks, infrastructure and sensitive areas to support siting considerations. It is supported by funding from the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme.
RE-SAT is supporting transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy
During May and July data scientists and software engineers from the Institute for Environmental Analytics, led by Climate Programme Manager Dr Maria Noguer and Principal Consultant Alan Yates, will be holding workshops in Palau, Montserrat and Mauritius with representatives of the governments, utilities and energy companies.
Dr Noguer said: “We will be introducing the RE-SAT energy analytics platform to the people who will be using it to support their transition away from fossil fuels.
Best quality data builds confidence in green energy investment
“We are developing best-in-class data products which combine a range of data sources including satellite products, weather models and existing data sources from our partners to produce high resolution energy-generation projections. It means SIDS can optimise their renewable energy infrastructure siting and sizing by choosing locations that can maximise power output and provide more certainty for financial investors whilst simultaneously accounting for environmental constraints and proximity to the existing grid infrastructure.
“These workshops provide a two-way exchange of knowledge sharing between us our SIDS working groups and are the next step in SIDS meeting their renewable energy targets.”
How does RE-SAT work?
RE-SAT combines satellite and in-situ weather data with advanced modelling 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 powerful RE-SAT online software application allows minute-by-minute data crunching to simulate variability of intermittent energy such as solar and wind to sustainably address the pertinent question of grid stability supported by adequate reserve energy generation.