Kayrros, satellite imagery to accelerate decarbonization

It is a major contributor to global warming and has recently become a central topic in the fight against climate change: methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas, is the source of massive polluting emissions, particularly by the oil industry, according to a recent report. A study by CNRS, CEA and Kayrros Emerging. The latter is precisely the origin of a disruptive solution based on the analysis, by artificial intelligence, of satellite images, for the detection of “super emitters”. “We have built the first platform that scans the planet daily to automatically detect very large methane leaks, those that are the most harmful and often the easiest to seal, and which alone represent more than a gigatonne of carbon equivalent waiting to be disposed of.”says Antoine Halfe, co-founder of this strategic block backed by the Technology Sovereignty Fund, a fund managed by the Public Investment Bank. A solution that is part of the suite of tools that the company, which currently has 130 employees, has developed since 2016 to measure levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in real time. Objective: to help their customers to “Improve operations, reduce costs and take effective action in relation to decarbonization, while supporting companies in managing their risks, particularly climate and energy transition risks”.

Key Point: AWS . Services

At the heart of this technology is for industrialists, governments, international organizations, and the financial sector: data from satellites – particularly those of the European Space Agency (ESA) with the ruling satellites of the Copernicus monitoring programme, when not from satellites from NASA’s Landsat program or even private constellations. . Kayrros processes, analyzes and reviews this data using its own AI algorithms to develop parameters and enable informed decisions. Innovation is now expanding. “Historically, the exploitation of satellite imagery has relied primarily on high-resolution images, which were expensive, or on images that were difficult to access because they were compressed into formats that were very greedy in terms of space and resources to decode.”Antoine Halfe explains. Enough to motivate a startup to choose Amazon Web Services (AWS), to reduce costs during acceleration.

“Having AWS available for satellite image assets in the correct format allows us to retrieve only the information we need. AWS also gives us flexibility in computing capabilities that enable processing at scale.”As Jean-Pierre Dacher, Technical Director of Kayrros says. Example, “With AWS, we are able to launch a historical reconstruction on a thousand industrial sites on a continent-wide scale and over a four-year time scale. This requires getting tens of thousands of small pieces of images over time for each of the assets we care about, such as clusters of industrial sites like cement plants or electrical installations”., he explains. In other words, the open data history on the AWS cloud allows Kayrros to access the images “Updated in the right format and at a very competitive cost of access”thus reducing processing time by up to 90% in certain configurations.

Cloud, lever agility

another point, “Using managed services like AWS in our technical pool is more beneficial and sustainable for us.” (note: technical environment)since it is not our primary specialty and allows us to focus on our business »Jean-Pierre Dacher continues. In addition, its “raw materials” are sensitive data, and Kayrros relies on AWS to enhance the confidentiality, demanded by its customers, which the startup alone cannot easily guarantee. Not to mention that Activity Monitor (Amazon CloudWatch) refines the accounting and provides insight into costs and profitability for different projects, he says.

Finally, the cluster, which is also supported by AWS as part of one of its programs for startups, has joined forces with the AWS dedicated space unit, unique in terms of gender, to implement some common actions in the space. Much of the agility tools that young deeptech shooters rely on to spread their wings, including internationally. Already present in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia, Kayrros now has ambitions in Africa. “We have developed means to monitor deforestation, measure forest height, species diversity, foliage density and accurately assess carbon content in vegetation units”, concludes Antoine Halfe. In short, Kayrros solutions are able to verify whether the carbon offset offered is reliable. Gone are the days of green washing!