go to top scroll for more


Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number ENA_10027585
Title Eye in the Sky - Application of satellite data to improve grid resilience
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2022
End Date 01 May 2022
Duration 2 months
Total Grant Value £119,105
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (0.001%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/ENA_10027585
Abstract Aim. This project is aimed to investigate new satellite data analytics solutions via remote sensing that can help GB networks to improve understanding of the asset conditions, better allocate resources, prepare, and respond to extreme weather events. The final solution should significantly reduce the requirements for manual ground and aerial based monitoring. This would allow the GB transmission network to be better informed about the network conditions and more reliable while lowering emissions and costs associated with Operation & Maintenance activities. This is closely aligned with the Data and Digitalisation challenges aim to improve data monitoring, increase efficiency, reliability, security, and resiliency of networks. The project meets the scope of the competition in following key areas:“How to improve the visibility of infrastructure and assets, for instance new digital infrastructure or novel uses of senor and communications technologies” The proposed solution will improve the visibility of the infrastructure and assets during normal operation as using satellite data that will increase the frequency of the assets surveys compared to current ground based methods.“How novel uses of data and digital platforms can significantly improve network planning, modelling and forecasting capabilities.” The satellite data can be improve the response to climate change effects like flooding, heavy rain, snow storm or wildfire and provide warning to the network companies for better planning and resource allocation.Partners. The energy networks project partners NGET, NGGT and other GB networks will benefit from better visibility of the asset conditions, informed resource allocation in response to extreme weather event and fast event recovery, all it will improve the overall resilience and reliability of the networks. Cranfield University is a research expert in aerospace technologies will provide scientific support about future satellite technology development. Spottitt is a private sector organisation with expertise in satellite data analytics and digital technologies will evaluate available and future technologies that can benefit networks while European Space Agency (ESA) as a data owner will provide access to the satellite data. Method. The project team will evaluate several potential applications of satellite data analytics for improving grid resilience. The deliverable of the project will include technical feasibility of the application as well as a cost benefit analysis against existing methods. In the future phases of the project the short-listed applications will be developed and tested to reach a sufficient readiness level to be implemented in the business as usual network operations.
Publications (none)
Final Report (none)
Added to Database 14/10/22