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December 5th, 2017

Alternative Energy Facilities Targeted by Kymeta for Distribution Network Expansion

Kymeta has expanded their distribution network to include FMC GlobalSat — this new partnership will make efficient and reliable satellite communications and internet connectivity available to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy facilities.

The renewable energy market has traditionally been limited to available connectivity options, such as fiber optic cables and microwave point-to-point systems, which are expensive, don’t work in every location and often do not provide reliable connectivity. This is problematic for renewable energy facilities, where power grids require consistent load balancing, monitoring, security, safety protocol management, and asset management.

According to Steve Sybeldon, Vice President Business Development, Kymeta Corporation, 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, use satellite communications that are available where terrestrial solutions are not accessible 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 power plant, 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.

Kymeta's KyWay flat panel antenna.

Chris MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer at FMC GlobalSat, added that as the renewable energy sector continues to evolve and mature, leveraging site data and the ability to communicate that data quickly and securely is critical. Until now, the industry has been forced to decide between communication options that have serious flaws. They were either outdated and unsecure, extremely cost prohibitive, or unreliable. The partnership between FMC GlobalSat and Kymeta allows the company to bring to market a solution that cost-effectively and securely allows the industry to comply with regulators as well as to empower renewable energy owners and operators to access the full volume of data that is available. The days of having to choose between security, function, and cost are over, and the challenges of dealing with multiple providers all over the world has been solved. FMC GlobalSat solutions enable customers to connect to SCADA systems and to manage and optimize assets on a global scale, in a way that has never before been possible.

Kymeta™ KyWay™ terminals provide easy, reliable access to a satellite-based network at a fraction of the cost of current connectivity alternatives for the renewable energy market. Kymeta’s flat panel, lightweight, beam-forming antennas have no moving parts, making them maintenance-free, easy to position, and easy to control. In addition, Kymeta connects to high-throughput satellite coverage, making high-speed connectivity available anywhere and at any time.