Lunar ISRU Energy Storage and Electricity Generation
Document typeConference lecture
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The survival of the astronauts and their equipment is the priority for any long-term exploration mission to the Moon. The provision of energy during the long lunar nights is a critical part of these missions. Several approaches have recently been considered to store and provide energy on the Moon by means of ISRU (In-Situ Resource Utilisation). We present a review of the energy requirements for a long mission scenario, and a trade-off analysis of the potentially suitable technologies for an ISRU-based system able to store heat and generate electricity. The most promising combinations of technologies are presented.
CitationFernández Palos, M. [et al.]. Lunar ISRU Energy Storage and Electricity Generation. A: 8th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Science (EUCASS): Madrid, Spain: 1-4 July 2019: Proceedings online, p. 1-13.