Satellite firms join forces to target renewables sector

US-based satellite communications companies Kymeta and FMC GlobalSat this week announced a partnership aimed at making their products available to the renewable power sector.à‚ 

Together the firms will “make efficient and reliable satellite communications and internet connectivity available to wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy facilities,” Kymeta said in a statement.

Renewable energy installations require consistent load balancing, monitoring, security, safety protocol management, and asset management. The traditional connectivity options for renewable installations, such as fibre-optic cables and microwave point-to-point systems, are costly, don’t work everywhere and often do not provide reliable connectivity, Kymeta said, adding that its terminals provide access to a high-throughput satellite network at significantly lower cost than current connectivity alternatives for the renewable energy market.

“Renewable energy operators can’t afford to have their power grid go offline, or to lose communication with their power plant, even momentarily,” said Steve Sybeldon, Kymeta’s vice-president for business development. “When terrestrial networks go down in a storm or a natural disaster, it’s possible for connectivity to the grid to be lost.

“Renewable energy operations most often exist in remote locations far away from major metropolitan areas and have few or no options for connectivity,” he noted, adding that satellite-based communication solutions “are reliable [and] are available where terrestrial solutions are not”. à‚ 

Chris MacDonald, FMC GlobalSat CEO, said: “As the renewable energy sector continues to evolve and mature, leveraging site data and the ability to communicate that data quickly and securely is critical.

“Until now, the industry has been forced to choose between communication options with serious flaws. They were either outdated and unsecure, extremely cost prohibitive, or unreliable.

“Our solutions enable customers to connect to SCADA systems, and manage and optimize assets on a global scale, in a way that has never been possible.”à‚ 

Image: FMC GlobalSat

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