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The Future Potential of Remote Sensing & Space Applications in Support of Energy & Infrastructure Delivery

23 June 2017 – The Space for Smarter Government Programme and the Satellite Applications Catapult hosted the Remote Sensing & Space Applications in the Energy Sector event at the Conference Suite in 1 Vic Street.

A recent investigation into the use of ‘remote sensing applications’ in the energy market found the potential for them to support the delivery of national energy policy, regulation and strategic infrastructure so this invitation-only event brought together industry, government departments, regulators and investors to consider these issues in more depth.

The half-day programme consisted of three sessions of speakers presenting on a variety of topics including funding opportunities within Ofgem and remote sensing applications in the Nuclear industry.

As well as panel Q&A sessions and open discussions, the day also provided plenty of networking opportunities to bring people together to discuss issues, requirements, possibilities and opportunities.

The sessions

Session 1 – Capabilities of Space Applications in Energy – current, and emerging, across the sector

  • Remote monitoring of infrastructure assets Arup
  • The use of drones to reduce the whole life cost of renewable energy DNV GL
  • Remote sensing examples within the nuclear sector Atkins
  • Drone fleets in the delivery of strategic civil engineering AECOM

Session 2 – Requirements of the Public Sector – policy, regulation, & accountability

  • Integration of multi-source data in support of public sector project delivery CGI
  • Monitoring delivery of the national infrastructure: metrics and opportunities Infra Projects Authority
  • Opportunities for innovation in UK energy regulation Ofgem
  • Energy policy delivery in the ‘smart’ era: London's Plan GLA

Session 3 – Open Plenary: Identifying Opportunities to test Remote Sensing Applications in the Public Sector

  • Identifying emerging opportunities for remote sensing applications usage
  • Which policy or project areas have clear requirements that could be explored further using remote sensing applications?
  • What barriers might be expected in the utilisation of remote sensing applications?
  • Who might volunteer project or policy areas in which to test space application feasibility through to April 2018?

Presentations

All the speakers’ presentations can be found below:

  1. Context and Next Steps
  2. Remote monitoring of infrastructure assets – ARUP – Jason Manning
  3. The use of drones to reduce the whole life cost of renewable energy – DNV GL – Elizabeth Traiger
  4. Examples of remote sensing in the nuclear sector – Atkins – Simon Evans
  5. Drone fleets in the delivery of strategic civil engineering – AECOM – Paul Clarke
  6. Integration of multi-source data in support of public sector project delivery – CGI – Andrew Groom
  7. Opportunities for innovation in future Ofgem regulation – Ofgem – Miriam Haywood
  8. Energy policy delivery in the smart era – London's plan – GLA – Matt Thomas