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Science and Innovation with thunderstorms

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 722337

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2017

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 996 874,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 996 874,80

Coordinated by:

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

Objective

Lightning is an extremely energetic electric discharge process in our atmosphere. It significantly affects the concentration of greenhouse gases and it threatens electrical and electronic devices, in particular, when placed on elevated structures like wind turbines or aircraft, and when these structures are built with modern composite materials with inherently low electric conductivity. In addition, even our fundamental understanding of atmospheric electricity is far from complete. New discharge processes in the atmosphere above thunderstorms have been discovered, the so-called Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) in the stratosphere and mesosphere, and Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) that emit particle beams of antimatter. These phenomena demand thorough investigations, in geophysics and in the related fields of plasma and high-voltage technology where similar discharges appear.
These challenges are approached within the SAINT project with a multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial training platform for 15 ESRs. The platform brings together satellite and ground observations with modelling and lab experiments. It couples scientific studies to applications relevant to industries developing satellite data products, plasma discharge technologies, lightning detection systems and lightning protection devices.
With SAINT, we take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity presented by three simultaneous space missions with dedicated instruments to study lightning discharges, TLEs and TGFs, to integrate the unique space data with dedicated novel ground observations, model developments and lab experiments. SAINT will train the next generation of young, innovative scientists to shape the future of research and technology in Europe.

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Address

Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 870 245,64

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 286 275,24

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

STICHTING CENTRUM VOOR WISKUNDE EN INFORMATICA

Netherlands

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 495 745,92

BRISTOL INDUSTRIAL AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

DENA DESARROLLOS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

Partners (9)

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

United States

GLOBAL LIGHTNING PROTECTION SERVICES AS

Denmark

nowcast GmbH

Germany

Plasma Matters

Netherlands

AIRBUS

France

Météorage - Lightning Information and Solutions

France

THALES SERVICES SAS

France

The University of Alabama

United States

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 722337

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2017

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 996 874,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 996 874,80

Coordinated by:

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark