A cutting edge renewable energy platform that helps governments towards a climate-resilient future will be rolled out to six new countries after winning £2.9m investment (R49.6milliom).
The RE-SAT software platform has been developed by the UK-based Institute of Environmental Analytics (IEA). It enables small island developing states (SIDS) governments, their communities, stakeholders and energy providers to easily analyse the energy generation capacity and grid impact of different deployments of wind, solar and other renewables.
Through the provision of high resolution data and easy-to-use component applications, the platform enables energy providers to simply place different renewable technologies – such as wind turbines, wave devices or solar panels – in any location, and rapidly calculate the power produced.
It enables users to:
• define the best renewable energy mix
• assess the potential financial viability of renewable energy investments
• plan where to locate assets to avoid restricted sites (e.g. national parks)
• estimate power production and variability taking account of seasonal weather patterns
RE-SAT has been successfully piloted in the Seychelles where it is now being used by various stakeholders across government and the power sector.
The IEA developed RE-SAT, in 2017, thanks to initial funding from the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme. Following its successful launch in the Seychelles, the UK Space Agency has just announced £2.9m funding for Phase 2 which will see RE-SAT extended to a further six SIDS in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme, Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room and Clinton Climate Initiative.
The platform will be tailored to each island selected for a partnership and bespoke training from the IEA will support its implementation, ensuring it has a sustainable legacy.
Colin McKinnon, CEO of the IEA, said: “We are very grateful to the UK Space Agency for funding this expanded programme of work to leverage the impact of the RE-SAT platform to another six island nations around the world. This will allow us to build on the successful launch of the platform in the Seychelles and will see the platform develop additional features – such as knowledge sharing functionality – which will further benefit renewable energy professionals in our partner countries and help them as they plan their transition to higher levels of clean energy over the coming years.”
Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “The first phase of the RE-SAT project has proved extremely valuable in helping the Seychelles plan their move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This additional funding from the UK Space Agency means that positive work will now be shared with a further six small island developing states.
“Our International Partnership Programme is already helping more than 30 developing countries tackle big issues, putting British innovation on a global stage and showcasing the capabilities of our leading space businesses.”
In three years since it was founded through a HEFCE Catalyst fund grant, the IEA has grown to a team of 25 working on cutting edge data science projects around the world ranging from agriculture to smart city infrastructure, and this funding will enable it to continue to grow its expertise in innovative data analytics and data visualisation.
The IEA is a member of Space4Climate, a public-private-academic partnership, supporting the UK’s world-leading climate community.