In 2011, the DLR Institute of Space Systems launched a research initiative called EDEN —Evolution & Design of Environmentally-closed Nutrition-Sources. The research initiative focuses on bio-regenerative life support systems, especially greenhouse modules, and technologies for future human-made space habitats.
The EDEN initiative comprises several projects with respect to space research, ground testing and spin-offs, which are performed by a small team of enthusiastic researchers. The EDEN team has established cooperation with other European and international research groups to share research results and to work on mutual projects.
Design of Greenhouse Modules for future space habitats
Development of Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) technologies
GHM ground testing at Earth-analogue test sites
Investigations in post-processing procedures
Interface evaluations Greenhouse Modules <=> Habitat
Terrestrial spin-offs, benefiting citizen on Earth
The following activities are incorporated within EDEN: