AREG and European Space Agency sign MOI
Aberdeen Renewable Energy
Group (AREG) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a memorandum
of intent (MOI) to analyse, develop and implement space-enabled technology
and services to support the renewable energy sector.
The organisations will work together to foster the development of space-utilising
applications to support technical and business innovation in the renewables
sector. The organisations will also evaluate the environmental sustainability
of energy production and the safety of operations.
Jean Morrison, Chair of AREG, said: “This agreement with ESA will look
at the innovative technologies being developed for space activities and
how we can use these learning and innovations to accelerate the development
of renewable projects.
“We expect that collaborating with organisations such as ESA will bring
fresh ideas and initiatives for our members as we continue to champion
the energy supply chain to enable the transition to low carbon to achieve
net zero emissions.”
Rita Rinaldo, Head of the Partner-led and Thematic Initiatives Section
at ESA Space Solutions, added: “ESA is strongly positioned to support
the implementation of innovative services relying on space assets to support
the renewable sector in Europe and beyond.
“We are very pleased of this cooperation with AREG that will allow us
to further develop initiatives in support to green transition and create
new opportunities for sustainable services.”
ESA Space Solutions aims at reaching commercial exploitation of space assets,
data and capabilities addressing incubation, proving technical feasibility
and business development. This includes the development of operational
services for a wide range of users through the combination of different
systems, and support in creating viable companies as well as to existing
AREG was founded in 2003 to support firms seeking within the renewables
sector. It provides opportunities for access to developers through its
events. It also connects businesses with access to projects, both domestically
and abroad, and updates members on emerging opportunities in the sector.