Drones and Galileo to ease rural electrification in developing countries: kicking-off the AMPERE project

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The project AMPERE, coordinated by the Italian Free Soft & Tech, had its kick-off meeting to initiate activities regarding the implementation of a drone-based platform for asset monitoring of electric networks, targeting the use case in Republica Dominicana.

Prague, 13 February 2020. Hosted by the European GNSS Agency’s headquarters, a consortium of five European companies and a south American university triggered activities of the AMPERE project. Being its full name “Asset Mapping Platform for Emerging countRies Electrification”, the main goal of the project is to engineer and to start to commercialise a dedicated solution, to be used for electrical power network information gathering. AMPERE will support decision making actors (e.g. institutions and public/ private companies in charge to manage electrical network) to collect all needed info to plan electrical network maintenance and upgrade.

In particular, the need for such a solution comes in emerging countries (worldwide) where, despite global electrification rates are significantly progressing, the access to electricity is still far from being achieved in a reliable way. This is why one of the key partners of the project is the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña (UNPHU) from Republica Dominicana, that will act as an on-the-field contributor to identifying needs from potential users and setting logistics for the platform tests.

The role of GeoNumerics in AMPERE is relevant, as main partner for GNSS processing specially focusing in Galileo. In the context of the AMPERE application, Galileo is a key enabler -especially, considering its free-of-charge High Accuracy Service (HAS) and its highly precise E5 AltBOC code measurements- as a core component to map electric utilities, optimise decision making process about the network development and therefore increase time and cost efficiency, offering more convenient way to manage energy distribution.. The work of GeoNumerics with Galileo stands on the ground of previous H2020 experiences, with projects COREGAL and mapKITE.

GeoNumerics is a research and development (R&D) intensive small-and-medium-enterprise (SME) company specialised in geomatics and accurate navigation.

The European Global navigation Satellite system Agency (GSA) is a European Union (EU) agency that promotes the use, adoption, application and market development of European GNSS services and that these services and operations are thoroughly secure, safe and accessible.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It couples research and innovation with emphasis on excellent science and industrial leadership, and tackles the EU societal challenges. H2020 goal is to ensure that Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Acronym: AMPERE
Title: Asset Mapping Platform for Emerging countRies Electrification
Period: 2020-02-01 to 2022-02-01
Funding: European Global navigation Satellite system Agency (GSA), European Commission (EC) grant 870227, Horizon 2020 (H2020), SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020
Coordinator: Free Soft & Tech srl (IT)
Other participants: TopView SRL (IT), Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña (RD), Universita degli studi di Napoli Federico II (IT), Business Integration Partners (BE), GeoNumerics (ES)

H2020 web page: https://www.gsa.europa.eu/asset-mapping-platform-emerging-countries-electrification

This project has received funding from the European Community's Horizon 2020 Programme under Grant Agreement 870227.