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Energy security is critical for the growth and prosperity of European economies. Space-based systems and services already play an important part in the commercial sectors of the energy industry, but there is still a significant potential for increasing this.
Space services have applications in renewable energy sources as well as in traditional oil-carbon and nuclear sectors. Such services can deliver benefits throughout all the phases of energy production and supply, ranging from identifying reservoirs and sites, to controlling and monitoring of the distribution networks across Europe. They also provide support to policy formulation and enforcement.

SharperSat

Status date: 31 August 2015

With the support of ESA, Finnish company Sharper Shape Ltd is developing innovative services for the improvement of maintenance and recovery of high voltage electricity transportation infrastructure using SatEO, GNSS data and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

M3i

Status date: 31 August 2015

M3i is an end-to-end, one-stop service that reduces the fieldwork required to gather information on critical Landscapes of Interest.  Satellite imagery, analysed in conjunction with a minimal set of ground-based data, significantly reduces the time and money required to perform surveys, and thus greatly improves the potential for all forms of land use to be incorporated into sustainable management schemes.

PalmOilVision

Status date: 31 August 2015

PalmOilVision aims at providing the palm oil sector with innovative, reliable and cost efficient services for increasing production sustainability and efficiency, through the integration of Earth observation satellite technologies and Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Transparentforests

Status date: 14 August 2015

TransparentForests, a customised web based GIS mapping and data management service, will increase the credibility and transparency of the FSC certification process and certificates issued. It will create opportunities for operational efficiency across the certification service delivery chain. It supports all stakeholders in engaging and improving certification and complaints management process. 

TransparentForests-FS

Status date: 14 August 2015

Forest products such as paper, wood and composite materials are used in everything from construction to news distribution and energy generation, yet they may represent considerable environmental and social impacts. Today, knowing the origin and life cycle of product constituents is important for both retailers and consumers. Major corporations do not like to be associated with poor forest management: it is bad for business and for customer relations.

SEWISS

Status date: 05 August 2015

With annual market forecast data from GWEC for 2013 to 2019 indicating continued investment and growth in wind capacity (on and off-shore) across all regions this is still very much an expanding market.

With this growing global demand for renewable energy, developers are increasingly looking to improve the accuracy of their wind resource models when remotely pre-screening large areas of land for regions which have sufficient wind resources; and to use as much high resolution, up to date, geo referenced data from an early stage when screening potential sites to ensure that “poor” sites fail early.

In-fact selecting potential sites is only the start of the journey for a developer with costs and time scales increasing once they start the work to gain all approvals needed to fund and start construction of a new development. This feasibility study aims to assess and further the technical and commercial feasibility of developing a “Space Enabled Wind Installation Site Screening Application”. The application is aimed at enabling onshore wind installation developers in the EU and globally to accurately, quickly and remotely screen potential onshore wind installation sites. Our application also aims to provide compelling 3D site maps of potential sites which integrate the multiple layers of relevant data that developers need as they proceed through the complex, expensive and time consuming approval phase of a new development. 

SatCorpAfrica

Status date: 13 July 2015

SatCorpAfrica (SATellite CORPorate services in AFRICA) is a Satcom Applications  project  by SatADSL (BE) aimed at developing, integrating and validating a satellite IP connectivity system and associated services allowing SatADSL to offer via local African Telecom Operators a solution targeting the WAN (Wide-Area-Network) market segment with a set of attractive and flexible offers.

Arctic IAP

Status date: 08 July 2015

Telespazio VEGA UK are developing a range of value-added services using layers of geo-information and commercial data that can be customised to the needs of specific operators. The services include primarily satellite derived imagery VMS (24/7 Vessel Monitoring System) from the Telespazio Group, AIS (Automatic Identification System) provided by Canadian consortium  member exactEarth Europe Ltd, and low bandwidth high fidelity image transfer system AnsuR, a Norwegian company.

Maritime expertise and access to the market through Marine South East and additional maritime data layers are provided by Stevenson Astrosat and HR Wallingford.

This solution presents a viable Arctic Integrated Situational Awareness Service building upon existing operational or semi-operational services provided by consortium members, and adding additional features believed to be of value to the user community that will help to differentiate and ensure the success of the service.

SUMO

Status date: 06 July 2015

SUMO is a service to assist in the planning and monitoring of marine operations for offshore wind farms. The service integrates diverse information regarding the monitoring and forecasting of metoceanic conditions and locations of vessels and personnel involved.

This enables the management and coordination of the construction, operations and maintenance activities to increase efficiency and safety. 

SURMON

Status date: 18 June 2015

The SURMON Demonstration Project targets airborne Geophysical Survey (GS) and oil  Pipeline Monitoring (PM) services based on the use of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). Equipped with suitable sensors and making use of satellite communication and navigation, operation of the RPA beyond line-of-sight is enabled.

INTOGENER

Status date: 12 June 2015

INTOGENER (INTegration of EO data and GNSS-R signals for ENERgy applications) Demo is a project aiming at demonstrating the operational capabilities of a water flow monitoring and prediction system aimed at hydropower production and water management organizations.

GridWatch

Status date: 26 May 2015

The solution intends to provide electricity Transmission and Distribution System Operators with useful information for supporting the management of both procedures for inspection and maintenance, and dispatching of electrical energy.

CSP-FoSyS DP

Status date: 06 May 2015

Concentrating solar thermal power plants with an electricity production of up to 250 MW have to be integrated into the electricity grid. Both day-ahead and intra-day forecasting of the production and therefore direct solar irradiance forecasting is needed.

The demonstration project investigates a production forecasting system using numerical weather prediction and satellite-based nowcasting. The project includes the setup of a demonstration solar production forecast system for the La Africana power plant in Spain.

DAMMINGS

Status date: 18 March 2015

Design, development and pre-operation of a service platform providing an automated and real-time monitoring service of dam infrastructure and its surroundings by integrating GNSS and InSAR space capabilities.

Profumo

Status date: 16 February 2015
Profumo proposes operational weather routing services for the maritime community, based on cooperative collection of meteo-marine data from commercial vessels.
The idea is to establish a cooperative schema where meteo-marine data is collected from standard and non-standard on-board instrumentation.  Acquired data is used in the Profumo service center to provide enhanced meteo-marine forecast and nowcast capabilities on a local scale.

HV-SATPROTEC

Status date: 06 November 2014

The HV-SATPROTEC project aims to prove the technical, economic and non-economic feasibility of a future integrated system/service combining relevant space (EO, SATNAV, SATCOM) and non-space assets (UAVs and in-situ data, Weather predictions and monitoring, Data processing technologies, GIS) for applications related to electricity transport systems maintenance monitoring and fault recovery.

Com4Offshore

Status date: 08 July 2014

The objective of the feasibility study is the assessment of the technical feasibility and commercial viability of an integrated communication system, enabling a multimodal usage of communication infrastructure and services for offshore wind park construction. The interactive applications of such innovative system include a simplified, reliable and cost effective exchange of voice, video data and positioning information between the contractual partners of offshore construction activities during a complete wind farm project.

SnowSense

Status date: 08 July 2014

SnowSense aims at the qualitative, spatial and temporal improvement of available snow information (snow covered area, snow parameters). It integrates space and ground-based assets to achieve this target. The project has won the 2013 ESA IAP IntegSpace Award.

WIAP

Status date: 26 May 2014

This study aims to identify and realise the benefits that can be brought to the wind power service industry by integrating new and/or improved space capabilities. The study focusses on the users/stakeholders of the wind industry to understand their needs, with the aim to identify a potential gap in the infrastructure.

ISSWIND

Status date: 26 May 2013

This project consists on a study to define Supporting Services for the Wind Power Industry, having in mind the possible use of space technology, assets or products and its added value, gaps and possible improvements.

UASatCom

Status date: 04 October 2012

The UASatCom project targets airborne geophysical survey and oil and gas pipeline monitoring services based on an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Equipped with suitable sensors and making use of satellite communication and navigation, operation of the UAS beyond line-of-sight is enabled.

Pims

Status date: 11 June 2012

Pipeline integrity management is a key concept in the gas and pipeline industry. This concept involves the definition of a Pipeline Integrity Management System (PIMS), which describes all activities to ensure that the pipeline system is safe and operational 24/7.

CSS-SpaceMon

Status date: 21 March 2012

CCS SpaceMon aims at the integration of spaceborne Earth observation, navigation and communication to support the monitoring of future CO2 storage sites as part of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology. The monitoring plays an important role and is mandatory during operation but also after abandonment of such sites.

CSP-FoSyS

Status date: 15 June 2011

Concentrating solar thermal power plants with an electricity production of up to 250 MW have to be integrated into the electricity grid. Both day-ahead and intra-day forecasting of the production and therefore direct solar irradiance forecasting is needed. The feasibility study investigates a production forecasting service using numerical weather prediction and satellite-based nowcasting. It will prepare the setup of a demonstration solar production forecast system for the Andasol-3 power plant in Spain.

SPACEGRID

Status date: 10 November 2010

The aim of the study is to promote the integration of state-of-the-art satellite telecommunication and Earth observation technologies with power grid management systems. The activity is carried out by Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA in close collaboration with TERNA SpA , the primary owner of the Italian National High Voltage Electricity Transmission Grid (NTG), with nearly 60 thousand km of lines throughout the national territory.