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Protecting weather-dependent industries from climate change: developing an affordable service for anticipating 100% of thunderstorms

Periodic Reporting for period 3 - STORM H-1 (Protecting weather-dependent industries from climate change: developing an affordable service for anticipating 100% of thunderstorms)

Reporting period: 2021-10-01 to 2022-09-30

The STORM H-1 project aims to develop and deploy ground-breaking technologies for anticipating storms.

Thunderstorms are one of the hardest meteorological phenomena to accurately forecast, causing severe economic and security risk in weather-dependent industries. Across Europe, climate change has seen violent storm events rise by 350% in the past ten years and managing storm risk is a growing concern for weather-dependent industries. Currently, no existing service can anticipate 100% of thunderstorms, in particularly in the case of localized storms, which originate from instability in the atmosphere and are therefore extremely difficult to predict.

SELERYS has developed key technologies for storm anticipation, including a unique Interferometry sensor operating in VHF (Very High Frequency) named EVEARLYS. EVEARLYS is the only industry-ready interferometry sensor in existence today.
The aim of the Storm H-1 project is to prepare for the deployment of our technologies into new segments and markets by:
- Industrializing production of our EVEARLYS sensor (WP1) and develop it as a standalone solution to create cost effective storm anticipation networks (WP2).
- Preparing for commercialization in new market segments and in high-potential countries, via market diversification activities (WP3) and the development of strategic partnerships in the targeted countries (WP4). To prepare for deployment, we will focus on communication and on regulatory validation (WP5).

At the project’s conclusion, we have completed almost all of our project objectives, both from a technical and business point of view. The EVEARLYS sensor and related services have been finalized and commercially launched. We have successfully achieved market diversification into 3 new markets, and developed multiple international partnerships for the acceleration of our commercial scale-up. Ultimately, through the project work, we have transformed our activity from that of a start-up to an established SME with sustainable profits.
The project is now complete. In the third and final reporting period, we continued to implement improvements to the industrialized EVEARLYS sensor based on user-experience (WP1) and validated the new scaled-up IT architecture and EVEARLYS AI services that enrich our storm decision making services (WP2).

With regards to business development and company scale-up, our overall business strategy underwent significant changes during our project, as we gained better market understanding and seized new opportunities. At the end of RP3, we have now achieved market diversification into 3 new markets - large institutional storm-management programs, local governments, and expert meteorological organizations -(WP3) and we have finalized 7 strategic partnerships, in 7 different countries (WP4). Lastly, in the final project period, we completed our pedagogical tools through the development of a full set of training modules, and finalized our regulatory strategy.
SELERYS proposes several unique and patented storm management technologies. This includes EVEARLYS, an interferometer which is capable of measuring the total electrical activity of the storm cloud through very or ultra-high frequency (VHF/UHF) interferometry sensors. This sensor is the only industrialized VHF/UHF solution available on the market and is protected by several patents. Since the beginning of the project, one additional patent has been filed. The STORM H-1 project is helping us progress even further beyond the state of the art, notably through the successful industrialization of the EVEARLYS sensor (WP1) and the creation of a unique model for enhancing storm-decision making using AI (WP2).

The project is already generating socio-economic impact, through the project’s focus on bringing our technologies to new markets and industries (WP3), notably through strategic partnerships (WP4). Partnerships have already been finalized with strategic players in 7 countries, and our services have been successfully diversified in 3 new markets, including via large institutional programs that will bring storm decision-making information to countries around the world.
The official release of EVEARLYS technology at the International Met Technology Expo in Paris