RE-SAT announced for 6 island states

Press release issued November 20th, 2018

IEA to share renewable energy expertise & space technology in Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans

UK-based Institute for Environmental Analytics is to roll out its innovative renewable energy analytics platform, RE-SAT, to six island states in the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The extension of the successful pilot of RE-SAT in the Seychelles has been made possible by £2.9m investment from the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme (IPP).

The small island developing states (SIDS) to benefit are at the forefront of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy. They are:

Montserrat                                        Palau

St Lucia                                            Tonga

Mauritius                                           Vanuatu

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 governments of the SIDS, their utilities companies, their energy regulators and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to tailor RE-SAT to the needs of each state and build the capacity of energy providers, policy-makers and planners to support its implementation, combining our expertise with in-country knowledge and skills.

Colin McKinnon, CEO of the IEA, said: “By working closely with these communities we will provide the quality of data they need to develop sound business cases 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 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 in-country partners. It is not a one-off consultancy exercise by a third party.”

Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “British expertise and space technology is paving the way in the global transition to clean, renewable energy. This successful international partnership is just one of the ways our Industrial Strategy is increasing our share of the global space market whilst advancing science, jobs and growth, both at home and abroad.”

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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

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Some of the members of the IEA RE-SAT team, including programme manager Dr Maria Noguer, centre.
Some of the members of the IEA RE-SAT team, including programme manager Dr Maria Noguer, centre.