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Targeted challenges

Targeted challenges within Sustainable Industry

In the global context of digital and green transitions, it is essential for all actors to become more sustainable while providing effective responses to the economic, technological, and societal rising challenges. Industry is certainly no exception there.

Sustainability and tackling energy and resource issues, from production to installation, from use and maintenance to disposal or recycling, should be placed at the heart of the combined digital and green transitions early on.

Furthermore, the use of industrial data to establish data-based services has potential for further innovation. The collection and analysis of the required huge amounts of data requires modern ICT components, but also high-performance computing power with less energy consumption. Therefore, it is also important to advance RD&I towards more sustainable electronic components software, and systems solutions for information and communication technologies ("green ICT").

Several other technologies, such as the integrated product/process development, the predictive maintenance for a zero-defect manufacturing approach and the continuous traceability of sustainability indicators throughout the product life cycle, will support those developments.

Developing those new solutions can be supported by technological advancements, such as satellites, ocean and earth observation systems, ground, ocean and underwater imaging and sensing.

We have a powerful new geospatial ecosystem, a decentralised network comprised of a multitude of ecosystems still yet to be connected and integrated to enable a wide range of applications that contribute to sustainable industry. These systems need support from innovative digital technologies.

Within the larger scope of sustainable industry, two areas of interest have been identified specifically by the national funding bodies supporting the Call:

  • Green ICT – ICT technologies are a key enabler of a green transition for production and consumption patterns in every business and every part of society. However, the digital technologies that are crucial for these ecosystems consist of electronic components, software and systems that can consume a large amount of energy and resources over their life cycle from production to installation, use and maintenance to disposal or recycling.
    Therefore, it is also important to advance research and development towards more sustainable electronic components, software and systems for information and communication technologies supporting sustainable manufacturing. Sustainable manufacturing should implement green ICT solutions in factories, operations, processes, and product planning. Furthermore, to achieve energy efficiency in terms of use of calculation power and related electronic devices, the sustainability idea must also include the design of economical and frugal data capture and processing from the outset.
  • Space-earth-ocean integrated systems – The challenge is to create application-based ecosystems that take advantage of the rapidly developing space, ocean and land/aerial monitoring techniques and technologies and to create new capabilities and demand-driven purpose-built ecosystems that take advantage of the rapid development of digital technologies (e.g. data driven systems). These new capabilities shall support the move to a net zero emissions economy, contributing to climate control, monitoring and management of natural resources, sustainable food production and societal protection, amongst other opportunities.

Potential technical fields or strategic application domains:

  • Environmental monitoring and disaster management
  • New approaches for the energy sector, e.g. storage technologies and materials
  • Power electronics and power management
  • High-performance engineering for personalised products
  • Industry 4.0 for food production
  • Environmental protection and measurement
  • Decentralised technical intelligence
  • Marine and agricultural robotics
  • Digital twins for sustainable manufacturing
  • AI assisted training and assistance systems
  • Autonomous shipping
  • Management systems for lifecycle monitoring and operations
  • ICT architectures, platforms and standards for industry and logistics 4.0
  • High-performance manufacturing systems
  • Sustainable, secure and resilient interconnection of all stakeholders and systems
  • Cyber-physical production and logistics systems
  • Integrated sensor and secure communication systems
  • Technologies supporting the balance of sustainable energy generation, consumption, and storage
  • Sustainable smart factories through future connectivity
  • Utilisation and integration of various observation systems
  • Components, systems and architectures for distributed intelligence and low power data transmission
  • Space-earth-ocean sensing and data collection systems to monitor
  • ...and many more

As with all Eureka Clusters Calls, these guidelines are provided only to indicate areas of common national interest, while the responsibility of identifying projects to address these important challenges lies with the industry and the project partners. Disruptive ideas are always encouraged, with dialogue between the consortium and involved funding bodies.