European Space Agency Open Calls
The concept of the Green Buildings theme is as follows… “The practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction”
The theme is comprised of a number of sub-themes including New Construction, Renovation and Green Neighbourhoods and invites proposals addressing such themes.
Applications for nanotechnology can be found in the energy, construction and environmental footprint domains as applied to Green Buildings. This could include use of advances in photovoltaic (PV) cell technology, sensors for thermal efficiency and insulating nanomaterials. In construction, applications include the use of coatings, structural health sensors and advances in optics for AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality). Air pollutant and toxin-sensing technologies, pollutant scavengers, and nanomaterials aimed at reusability and reduced environmental damage can aid in addressing the environmental aspect of the call.
Role of Space
Complementary space data and technologies include the use of SatEO (satellite earth observation) to forecast renewable energy production, derive meteorological data, high resolution maps and imagery and air quality information. Additionally, to identify construction site hazards (such as land subsidence events) and characterise/select environments suitable for nanotechnology applications. SatNav (satellite navigation) for UAV thermal imaging flights and geo-referencing of data from in-situ sensors, provide the routing and positioning information for construction machinery, drones and robotics deployed to carry out on-site inspections and building tasks. SatCom (satellite communications) for IoT-based smart grid applications, and retrieval of IoT and (e.g. nanotechnology-enabled) sensor data from structures and remote construction sites.