Signal-Transmissive-Walls with Embedded Passive Antennas for Radio-Connected Low- Energy Urban Buildings

Project Details


The project will develop and demonstrate a novel signal-transmissive-wall to solve an emerging challenge of wireless cellular connectivity in our current low and future zero energy buildings. The increasingly strict regulations of energy use in buildings call for air-tight and energy efficient envelopes which reflect the signals from cellular base stations and cause poor indoor cellular coverage. The signal-transmissive-wall has distributed embedded antennas on both sides connected through appropriate microwave circuits. It is passive in the best case and covers all frequency bands used in legacy and forthcoming cellular systems. Cost and future maintenance are reduced compared to active electronic solutions such as installing indoor cellular wireless infrastructure. We design the signal-transmissive-wall through multi-physics analysis covering electromagnetic, thermodynamic, mechanical and acoustic aspects.
Effective start/end date01/09/201931/08/2023

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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