Satellite imagery to accelerate the energy transition

Scientific innovations have proven crucial to the global plight to reduce carbon emissions and accelerate the energy transition. Space technology innovation is becoming increasingly valuable in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions. Earth observation makes it possible to generate data in order to map, monitor and forecast water and air quality, climate risks, and provide a vital basis for a secure and sustainable energy supply, among other benefits.
Today, earth observation data is being used in many industries and sectors including mobility, electricity, energy infrastructure providers, forestry and environment, and waste and water management. Earth observation innovations are also pushing the frontiers of machine learning, AI and sensor technologies to produce innovative new data products and services that can meaningfully contribute to greater energy efficiency capabilities.

Start Up Energy Transition is proud to boast prominent start-ups who dedicate their earth observation technology research and work towards the energy transition.

LiveEO, a SET 2020 finalist, uses satellite imagery to provide innovative infrastructure monitoring in the verticals railway, electricity and pipelines and empowers operators to save in operational expenses by observing dangers from vegetation, height changes, and third party interactions along the network. LiveEO’s core product is their vegetation management solution: The application of state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms on public and private satellite data enables to extract valuable insights for preventive and reactive operational vegetation management strategies for infrastructure grids.
It should come as no surprise that LiveEO has recently closed their second round of funding with a six-figure sum.
SET100 Alumni from 2018, Hawa Dawa has recently been granted support from the European Space Agency (ESA) for their work on satellite data downscaling space aimed at bringing greater transparency to urban air pollution monitoring and management. By combining Internet-of-Things and Artificial Intelligence, they “make the invisible visible”. Hawa Dawa provides hyperlocal environmental data on air quality, noise and microclimate and makes this data accessible via a straightforward API. Their clients integrate this data into their platforms, services and products.

Greenventory , a 2020 SET100 start-up, offers data-driven decision support in energy planning with a focus on energy utilities, grid operators and cities. They offer a SaaS solution for the automated, digital mapping and analysis of energy systems. Greenventory helps businesses to achieve their climate-goals more easily, faster and in a cost-efficient way. The company offers data-driven decision support in energy planning with a focus on energy utilities, grid operators and cities. Using a worldwide database, satellite imagery, sensor data and artificial intelligence, Greenventory maps distributed objects, such as supply chains and urban energy systems to optimise them on-the-fly. The generated data and insights can be used to improve grid planning, create energy concepts or optimise the CO2 footprint of supply chain of any business.
Village Data Analytics (VIDA), a SET20 Finalist innovation, is an earth observation and AI-powered custom software that enables data-driven investment, business and policy decisions in rural villages in Africa and Asia. VIDA was developed as an analytical planning tool by TFE Energy with support from the European Space Agency. The TFE Energy team combines deep know-how of frontier markets with strong data-technology expertise.
VIDA utilizes satellite imagery, publicly available data, user data and energy modelling to automatically identify off-grid villages and extract insights to assess their suitability for off-grid electrification and de-risk investments. Users are governments, development finance institutions, investors, mini-grid developers and off-grid solar product companies.

To find out about more innovative satellite and earth observation driven start-ups from the SET network, be sure to visit our SET Database.

Do not miss out on the many start-up pitches, namely from this years SET100 finalists, during the SET Week Online 2020 from October 19 to 22.

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