UK power and gas networks look to space to provide digital asset monitoring

Spottitt is excited to announce its involvement in the delivery of one of only 18 projects selected to receive just under 400k GBP Alpha Phase SIF (Strategic Innovation Fund) funding. The funding is awarded by Ofgem and Innovate UK and aims to find and fund ambitious, innovative projects with the potential to accelerate the transition to net zero. These projects aim to help shape the future of the gas and electricity networks across the UK and beyond.

Spottitt will be working with project partners National Grid Energy Transmission, National Grid Gas Transmission, Spottitt, DNV and Cranfield University on the ‘Eye in the Sky’ project, which brings forward 3 exciting asset monitoring use cases:

  • The use of open source SAR satellite imagery and analytics to monitor land movement in and around the entire network.
  • The use of open source SAR imagery and analytics to monitor asset movement for critical assets such as overhead line towers, substations etc. across the entire network
  • The use of sub-metre resolution optical satellite imagery to provide a remote, automated, nationwide network monitoring solution which looks at risk and change issues in general and specifically unauthorised construction and storage of building materials. 

 

At maturity, NGET has estimated that these innovations could deliver 22 million GBP (NPV over 10 years) value to NGET and its customers through a combination of cost savings by replacing manual ground and aerial monitoring, and cost avoidance through increased risk awareness.

Mr. Sean Colman, NGET’s Deeside Centre for Innovation Manager has this to say about the project: “Eye in the Sky is a really exciting prospect of utilising satellites to complete real-time visual inspections of land changes that affect our assets. If a change is detected, then it has the potential to inform an Engineer on the ground who can then inspect the data to make a more informed decision on how to manage the risk to assets. This is currently done manually, which is a very labour-intensive and costly process.

The project will run for 6 months till the end of Jan 2023. During this time concepts will be trialled, data captured along 2800 km of network and a detailed roadmap developed for integration and further development.

As experts in satellite-derived infrastructure monitoring, Spottitt is leading the monitoring trials, data capture and analysis elements of the project. If you are interested to find out more about this project and the partners involved, please do get in touch with Spottitt CEO and FIRE EO Evangelist for Infrastructure Lucy Kennedy.

Lucy Kennedy
Lucy Kennedy

Spottitt CEO and FIRE EO Evangelist for Infrastructure

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