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Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies and Operation in Space for Safe Food Production on-board ISS and Future Human Space Exploration Vehicles and Planetary Outposts

Objective

Humanity’s plans to further explore space require the development of bio-regenerative life support systems and in particular plant cultivation. Plants contribute to all major life support functions by producing food and oxygen, reducing carbon dioxide and recycling water and waste. Moreover, fresh crops also have a positive impact on crew psychological well-being. EDEN ISS aims to adapt, integrate and demonstrate plant cultivation technologies and operations procedures for safe food production on-board the International Space Station and for future human space exploration missions. The consortium will demonstrate operational capability of controlled environment agriculture technologies and procedures for safe food production in space. A mobile test facility will be built to provide realistic interfaces analogous to ISS. A one-year demonstration campaign at the Neumayer III Antarctic station will provide extensive testing and validation capability to increase the technology readiness level of key subsystems to 6. Further developing these technologies and operations procedures, including food quality and safety measurements, will also contribute to Europe’s interest in resource efficient crop cultivation, saving energy, countering the climate change and securing the supply of healthy and safe food. The interdisciplinary nature of EDEN ISS combines research in space engineering, horticulture, food science and microbiology. Leading space industries (Thales Alenia Space Italia, Airbus Defense and Space, Telespazio), research organizations (DLR, CNR, AWI), SMEs (Liquifer, Heliospectra, EnginSoft, Aero Sekur) and academia (Wageningen UR, University of Guelph, Limerick Institute of Technology) from six European countries (Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands) and Canada join forces in a unique consortium to prepare the ground for further innovative research and development in human spaceflight and terrestrial applications.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/space exploration
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
Linder Hoehe
51147 Koeln
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 437 488,50

Participants (12)

LIQUIFER SYSTEMS GROUP GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 182 632,50
Address
Obere Donaustrasse 97-99 1 62
1020 Vienna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 188 100
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
Canada
EU contribution
€ 273 807,50
Address
Gordon Street
N1G 2W1 Guelph
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 144 605
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
ENGINSOFT SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 148 500
Address
Via Della Stazione 27
38100 Trento
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 188 750
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 503 913
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARESCOSMO S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 229 310
Address
Via Delle Valli 46
04011 Aprilia Lt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 434 125
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELIOSPECTRA AB (PUBL)
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 315 000
Address
Fiskhamnsgatan 2
414 58 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LIMERICK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 241 525
Address
Moylish Park
V94 Limerick
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TELESPAZIO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 112,50
Address
Via Tiburtina 965
00156 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)