Upstream Tech partners with ENGIE for hydroelectric inflow forecasting

Upstream Tech has announced a partnership with ENGIE to provide inflow forecasting for the company’s newly acquired hydroelectric portfolio in Portugal.

Upstream Tech’s HydroForecast™ is an end-to-end modeling and decision support service that combines physical theory with AI and satellite imagery to provide accurate and reliable hydrological forecasts anywhere on Earth, according to a press release. These forecasts contain the future expected conditions of surface water flows, such as how much water will flow into a lake over the next 10 days, enabling hydropower asset owners to more effectively plan operations.

ENGIE’s purpose is to accelerate the transition toward a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions. Part of the Douro river system, ENGIE’s newly acquired hydroelectric facilities consist of three cascade run-of-river plants and three pumped-storage plants. ENGIE has a longstanding presence in Spain and is a significant energy player in the country.

“ENGIE is a leader when it comes to research and innovation,” said Marshall Moutenot, co-founder of Upstream Tech. “We are excited to embark on this project with their team and explore how HydroForecast can improve these assets’ operational efficiency and coordination with other renewable generation.”

In recent years, ENGIE has been developing and growing in Iberia mainly through renewable projects such as Goya and Phoenix (onshore wind) and Seneca (solar PV), and acquisition of these Douro assets is part of ENGIE’s strategy towards carbon neutrality, adding 1.7 GW of renewable generation capacity. HydroForecast will enable the assets to maximize operational efficiency, grid coordination and consideration of downstream needs. The first results have already shown an improved accuracy compared to historical providers, Upstream Tech said.

Upstream Tech is a U.S.-based public benefit corporation that builds environmental decision-support technologies. Upstream Tech is a subsidiary of Natel Energy.

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