Interview with Offshore WIND Conference Speaker Davide Coppola

Q&A with Davide Coppola, Downstream Business Applications Department, European Space Agency

Speaker during Offshore WIND Conference, session: Space meets Winds

What is the relation between European Space Agency and offshore wind industry?

The Integrated Application Promotion (IAP) programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) supports the development, implementation and pilot operations of downstream space‐based services. The program acts as honest broker between user communities, space industry and service providers to help establish space‐based applications addressing customers and users’ needs.

To date, IAP has supported more than 20 projects in the energy domain as a whole, involving offshore wind industry as user / potential customers of some of the proposed services.  More details at: https://business.esa.int/

What can ESA assist in improving future offshore wind farms and offshore wind related applications? What type of cooperation is ESA looking for with the offshore wind industry?

ESA’s IAP on-going projects in the offshore wind energy can already offer cost-efficient solutions to address many requirements related to offshore wind farms selection and planning, and their operation.

Furthermore, ESA’s IAP is open for potential users and customers interested in partnering with ESA to assess whether their specific requirements could be addressed by space based capabilities, and jointly set-up new initiatives to develop and demonstrate such newly required space based applications.

What do you hope people will take-away from your contribution during Offshore WIND Conference?

We would like that the audience gets an overview of the tremendous potential space can provide in the domain of offshore wind energy, as well as of the cooperation opportunities offered by the ESA’s IAP programme for developing new services addressing their needs.


Reprinted from the Offshore WIND Magazine, edition 4, which is out now!

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