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

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

Reporting period: 2019-10-01 to 2020-09-30

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 EU countries, via pilot studies (WP3) and the development of strategic partnerships in the targeted countries (WP4). To prepare for deployment, we will focus on “evangelization” and on regulatory validation (WP5).
Work on the EVEALYS sensor (WP1 & WP2) is progressing on schedule, with highly promising results. We have developed a complete pilot version of the industrialized sensor and a finalized procedure for identifying and installing the sensor at new locations. We have developed the updated server infrastructure that will allow us to work with external data and started training a neural network algorithm.

We have successfully began diversifying our commercial activity in two new market segments (WP3) and have already signed our first international partnerships (WP4).
Alongside other storm anticipation technologies developed by SELERYS, since 2016 the company has been developing 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 solution available on the market and is protected by several patents. The current project has made it possible to begin industrializing the production & implantation of the sensor and integrate external weather data. One additional patent has been filed.

The project is already producing highly positive results, both in terms of the technical results achieved in the industrialisation of the EVEARLYS sensor and the implementation of the commercial strategy (market diversification and international partnerships).