2Q 2021

Nanosatellites Help Carbon-Intensive Industries Meet Sustainability Goals

Incumbents in the power, oil & gas (O&G), and mining sectors, along with energy-intensive sectors such as shipping, aviation, and agriculture, face enormous challenges to meet mounting sustainability goals worldwide. As the impact of climate change—and the natural and economic disasters it creates—becomes undeniable, governments worldwide and public sentiment are requiring ever stricter measures regarding carbon emissions.

Nanosatellite constellations are being deployed and have great potential to help energy industry participants reduce their carbon footprint. Energy-intensive industries can also benefit by using the inexpensive, high resolution, high frequency satellite images to improve route and fuel efficiency, improve crop yields, and reduce negative climate impact. Near-Earth networks of very small satellites equipped with specialized sensors and imaging capabilities have the potential to reduce the destruction that results from natural or human-caused disasters, and to help industrial concerns meet more stringent sustainability mandates.

This Guidehouse Insights report describes nanosatellite technology and discusses the ways in which it can benefit energy-intensive industries. The report also provides recommendations for ways various public and private stakeholders can collaborate for mutual benefit.

Pages 15
Tables | Charts | Figures 6
  • What are nanosatellites and how do they differ from legacy satellite technology?
  • In which verticals can nanosatellite constellations improve sustainability goals?
  • How can nanosatellites improve crop yields for a more sustainable food supply?
  • How will nanosatellites improve fuel efficiency for transportation verticals?
  • How do nanosatellites detect forest fires?
  • How do nanosatellites reduce methane emissions by O&G producers? By livestock owners?
  • How can nanosatellites be used for disaster response?
  • What are the market drivers and barriers to nanosatellite adoption?
  • How can private industry work with academic and government agencies to promote sustainable nanosatellite adoption for near-Earth observation applications?
  • O&G producers
  • Mine operators
  • Agriculture concerns and farmers
  • Utilities
  • Regulators
  • Sustainability consultants
  • Government agencies
  • Public safety organizations
  • Water management agencies
  • Networking infrastructure vendors
  • Investor community




Nanosatellites Launch Industry 4.0 into Orbit

One Solution Is Out of this World

Small Satellites Make Visibility and Data Affordable

Nanosatellites Support Sustainability Efforts

Nanosatellites Help Combat Forest Fires

Nanosatellites Help Reduce Methane Emissions

Nanosatellites Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Remote Mines

Nanosatellites Help Reduce Fuel Consumption

Nanosatellites Support Sustainable Agriculture and Food Supply

Nanosatellites Monitor Water Quality and Levels

Space Is Getting Crowded—Literally and Figuratively

Industry and Startups Benefit through Mutual Support

Make Use of Existing Imaging and Data

Support the Creation of Nanosatellite Solutions

Ensure Equitable Global Access to Data

Regularly Validate Satellite Data

  • Satellite Types According to Mass
  • Nanosatellite Earth Observation Monitoring Capabilities
  • Top 5 Years with Largest Wildfire Acreage Burned in the US Since 1960
  • Methane Emissions Have Risen by ~10% in Two Decades
  • Nanosatellites Connect Remote Industrial Locations for Operational Efficiencies
  • Commercial Nanosatellite Constellations
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