As the climate crisis looms, it is becoming increasingly important for new services to support the transition into a Green Economy era. This funding opportunity is for an enabling study that will aid in understanding the opportunities for space upstream and downstream sectors in support of decarbonisation and guide the next steps on most relevant priorities and topics to be addressed.
Fund Name: Space Acting for Decarbonisation
Project Length: Dependent on proposal
Project Value: 100% up to 200K per activity
Deadline: 8th July 2022
Space-enabled applications can support industries and society to accelerate towards decarbonisation. Listed below are the non-exhaustive list of primary value-adding space technologies and services which can help reach the decarbonisation targets for the sectors discussed such as transport, energy, buildings, industry, and food production.
Satellite Communication (SatCom)
SatCom can significantly support smart traffic management solutions, relying on connected vehicles and real time information through 5G hybrid terrestrial – satellite networks for transport sector to accelerate towards decarbonisation. For the energy sector, SatCom can accelerate the grid modernisation towards smart(er) grids to implement real-time monitoring and control of the grid and its nodes, often in remote locations which are the key functions for managing renewable energy resources to achieve decarbonisation. In the building sector for decarbonisation, SatCom will allow the transmission of data from remote construction sites and smart buildings to ease processes such as task management, health monitoring, and progress tracking. Significant opportunities may be accelerated by future SatCom VLEO constellations. Satellite connectivity can enable the retrieval of data such as humidity, soil moisture, temperature allowing application of fertiliser at precise times and/or locations through Variable Rate control systems from Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed in the field to help formulate a digital twin of the site to improve its environmental performance.
Satellite Earth Observation (SatEO)
Advanced models of Earth and human system processes integrating huge amounts of SatEO data together with non-space data can provide a comprehensive and accurate actionable information to decision makers for decarbonisation. This enables enhanced insight based on next generation “what-if” analyses on both a global and local scale. SatEO can also be used to monitor changes for food production and improving agricultural practices to reduce environmental footprint.
Satellite Navigation (SatNav)
Accurate and reliable satellite-based Position, Navigation and Time (PNT) information is critical to ensure connected, cooperative and automated mobility and transport corresponding to reduction in carbon footprint within the transport domains. PNT-enabled autonomous mobile platforms will provide crucial information for stakeholders. SatNav can also be used to locate where the emissions measurements are taken and to pinpoint the position of the source where most of the emissions are generated. Positioning information will be able to provide geo-tagging services for data collection. SatNav can also be used to support shifts towards carbon efficient transport including unmanned (sea, rail, etc.).
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