European Space Agency Open Calls
Decommissioning of Energy Assets
Two main types of asset are targeted through this funding opportunity: offshore oil and gas platforms and wind farms. For the former, this concerns removal of underwater structures and topside platforms (necessitating careful handling due to otherwise consequent environmental damage), and for the latter, removal and disposal of turbine towers, foundations, offshore substations, meteorological masts and subsea cables. Further, re-use of end-of-life energy infrastructure is a pertinent topic; including conversion of offshore rigs into CO2 storage facilities and more. Key focus areas include monitoring environmental impact during such processes, supporting mitigation and waste management processes, end-to-end business support services, automation of decommissioning activities and support to logistics and operational safety.
Nanotechnology for monitoring and mitigating environmental impact from e.g. hydrocarbons, oil spills, chemicals and otherwise harmful substances, aforementioned applications of nanotechnology in supply chains as applied to energy assets, the use of AR/VR for worker safety and training, materials used in robots deployed in extreme environments, nanosensors for monitoring decommissioning processes, and nanotechnologies optimising the efficiency of vessels involved in relevant logistics.
Role of Space
SatCom provides the means to connect to remote offshore assets and can be used to retrieve relevant data. SatEO provides a powerful tool for environmental monitoring and detecting spilling of harmful substances, and can be used for forecasting weather conditions to better plan decommissioning activities. SatNav is beneficial in that it allows the geolocation of data derived from sensors, and positioning of assets pertaining to logistics management services.