PV Detection Pilot With Stedin

PV Detection Pilot With Stedin

As the world has started its transition from a fossil fuel energy economy to a sustainable one, planning becomes increasingly important, both for the short and long term. In managing the fluctuations in supply and demand, coordinating local and regional energy infrastructure is essential. Governments, energy suppliers and many different companies are therefore investing in a data-driven approach to managing this large-scale transition.

Stedin, the network handler of the majority of the Dutch “Randstad”, makes sure that all the households in big cities like The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam get their power as well as their gas demand such that they can live as we are used to in modern society. To be able to forecast energy supply and demand more effectively, Stedin gathers data on Solar PV installations on rooftops. This data is currently gathered by requesting customers to indicate whether they have a Solar PV installation, and manually entered into their database. However, this process is time consuming and the response rate to this request is not always as high as one might hope.

At Sobolt, we specialise in large scale remote sensing solutions for sustainable energy. Together with Stedin, we were able to use AI to locate PV installations in large parts of the Netherlands. With the use of our SolarSearch software we have detected and located all the PV installations in Rotterdam and Delft, resulting in a 30% increase of registered PV installations.

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