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AREG and ESA Sign Space Tech MoI for Renewable Energy

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group | January 21, 2021

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have marked a notice of purpose (MoI) to examine, create and actualize space-empowered technology and administrations to help the renewable energy area.

Under the MoI, the associations will cooperate to cultivate the improvement of space-using applications to help technical and business advancement in the renewables area.

They will likewise assess natural maintainability of energy creation and security of activities.

AREG seat Jean Morrison stated: "This concurrence with ESA will take a gander at the inventive technologies being produced for space exercises and how we can utilize these learning and advancements to quicken the improvement of renewable activities.

"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."

ESA Space Solutions head of partner-led and thematic initiatives section Rita Rinaldo said: "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 arriving at business abuse of space resources, information and capacities tending to brooding, demonstrating technical practicality and business advancement.

This incorporates the advancement of operational administrations for a wide scope of clients through the blend of various frameworks, and backing in making practical organizations just as to existing organizations.

AREG was established in 2003 to help firms looking for development inside the renewables area.

It gives occasions to guide admittance to a portion of the business' biggest engineers through its occasions.

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Currently, the world gets most of its power from burning hydrocarbons or fossil fuels. But renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydro, are becoming more and more widespread.


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Frost & Sullivan | March 29, 2022

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ENERGY

I&M is Powering the Next Tomorrow with Plans to Add More than 2,000 MW of Solar, Wind Energy

Indiana Michigan Power | February 02, 2022

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Breaking Down 5 Misconceptions to Accelerate Green Development

Huawei | February 28, 2022

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SUSTAINABILITY

Brightcore Energy Appoints Lauren Hildebrand as Vice President, Client Sustainability

Brightcore Energy | January 27, 2022

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Currently, the world gets most of its power from burning hydrocarbons or fossil fuels. But renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydro, are becoming more and more widespread.

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