US-based communications company Kymeta has expanded its distribution network to include FMC GlobalSat to support remote alternative energy facilities.
The new collaboration will implement efficient and reliable satellite communications and internet connectivity to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy facilities.
The renewable energy market was previously limited to fiber optic cables and microwave point-to-point systems.
Besides being expensive, these options do not provide reliable connectivity, which creates issues for facilities where power grids require consistent load balancing, monitoring, and security, as well as safety protocol and asset management.
Kymeta Business Development vice-president Steve Sybeldon said: “Renewable energy operations most often exist in remote locations far away from major metropolitan areas and have few or no options for connectivity.
“Kymeta solutions are reliable, utilise satellite communications that are available where terrestrial solutions are not and are compatible with future LEO satellite constellations.
“Renewable energy operators can’t afford to have their power grid go offline, or to lose communication with their powerplant, even momentarily.
“When terrestrial networks go down in a storm or a natural disaster, it’s possible for connectivity to the grid to be lost. Kymeta satellite solutions curtail many of the limitations experienced with terrestrial networks.”
The flat panel, lightweight, beam-forming antennas provided by the communications company have no moving parts, which make them maintenance-free.
In addition, the antennas can be easily positioned and controlled.
FMC GlobalSat chief operating officer Chris MacDonald said: “Our solutions enable customers to connect to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and manage and optimise assets on a global scale, in a way that has never been possible.”