23, June 2020

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO10344
Open Date: 10/06/2020
Closing Date: 04/09/2020 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 20.138.03
Prog. Ref.: Technology Developme
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – Technology Developme
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Electronics / EEE Components / Other
Technology Domains: EEE Components and Quality / Methods and Processes for Product Assurance of EEE Components, including Radiation Hardness Assurance / Evaluation and Testing
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: Systems Department
Division: Systems Engineering Division
Contract Officer: Singer, Anze
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 10/06/2020
Update Reason: Tender issue

LCA is a formal, standardized method to identify and assess the environmental impact of a product or service. The LCA studies previously performed by ESA looked at both spacecraft, launchers and ground segment. Specific requirements have recently been included for different ESA projects, such as Ariane 6, Earth Explorer 9 and the Generic Platform of the Copernicus missions.Electronics have been identified as one of the major environmental hotspots of ESAs missions. Alternative manufacturing processes for space electronics are currently under development (e.g printed electronics). However, the environmental impacts of these techniques have not yet been assessed. This activity aims to analyse the different possibilities and to demonstrate the effectiveness of mitigation actions through the Life Cycle Assessment. Moreover, the use of Critical Raw Materials (CRM) and REACH listed substances will also be investigated and mitigation options identified and assessed.This activity encompasses the following tasks:- To identify the main elements of space electronics and map manufacturing processes and materials used.- To identify alternative processes and materials for the manufacturing of PCBs and to assess Green Electronics approaches used in Ground applications. REACH listed substances and CRM shall also to be identified and mitigation actions proposed.- To compare LCA results of current designs, manufacturing processes and materials with the ones of identified alternatives.- Select promising solutions and develop a proof of concept to be tested.- Elaboratea roadmap for the development of green electronics

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