Develop Knowledge That Drives Progress

Solar Power

The adoption of solar energy is booming. Over the next 5 years, 70,000 solar panels will be installed every hour. That translates to an impressive 1,000 soccer pitches of solar panels being installed every day. These solar installations range from a handful of panels on your own roof to thousands of panels in utility-scale solar farms. However, there are still many challenges to be faced on both levels, including growth rates, grid balancing and yield optimization.

Energy Analytics

The renewable energy transition requires a new kind of thinking. With more localized energy production, the traditional ideas of distributing energy are no longer applicable. However, the times that we need the energy the most don't necessarily coincide with the peaks in energy production. The sun only shines during the day and the wind doesn't blow continuously. Additionally, there is an inevitable need for storage capacity. The solution to these issues lies in self-learning and data-driven applications, unifying all components of the energy grid.

Environmental Impact

The goal of investing in a greener energy system is to realize a better future for our children. We are well-aware that this is currently far from certain. Even if worldwide climate agreements are kept, the chance that global warming is inevitable is unrealistic. Increasing awareness is one of the most important tasks of the renewable energy community because many remain unaware of the consequences. Although the next generation will have to do a large fraction of the work, it is imperative that we begin this movement now.

Smart Green Cities

Currently, 50% of the world's population lives in cities and is predicted to reach 80% by 2050. To support living conditions for a growing population, cities will have to adopt new technological solutions. These solutions must increase the energy efficiency of buildings, improve air quality, reduce pollution and make the city a better place to live altogether. In order for these cost-effective solutions to take place, local governments will have to engage in partnerships.

Satellite Imagery

With a growing number of high-resolution satellites in the sky and more non-commercial projects coming forward, the accessibility of valuable data is increasing every day. There are potential applications for this data in many sustainability subfields, such as improving energy labels, green rooftop monitoring and PV placement. Satellite images offer an unbeatable scale and high-temporal resolution, making the utilization of this data for global solutions a very appealing proposition.

Blue Infrastructure

Climate change, urbanization and growing populations are affecting the quality, availability and use of water resources. Moreover, increased flooding risk poses a serious threat in many parts of the world. This changing blue infrastructure requires active water management. Combining the frequent global coverage of satellites with artificial intelligence would allow continuous monitoring of these water bodies with minimal human inspection.