A new microgrid will be used to complement NASA's future lunar base

A new microgrid will be used to complement NASA's future lunar base ...

According to a statement from the third party, NASA and the Sandia National Laboratories are participating in the construction of a microgrid for a future lunar base.

It will include a living room (for up to four astronauts) and separate mining and fuel processing facilities. These facilities will be constructed far away from the base camp and will serve as rocket fuel, water, oxygen, and other materials needed for extended exploration of the lunar surface, while decreasing Earth''s supply.

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The two units will be connected during emergencies as well as for safety and robustness. Sandia''s research suggests that the electric system controller for the habitation unit will be much similar to the International Space Station''s direct current electrical system, with some notable differences.

According to Jack Flicker, a Sandia electrical engineer, there are some very significant differences between something like an ISS-type microgrid and something that has the same thickness as a moon base.

One of the differences is the geographical size, which can be troublesome especially when dealing with low DC voltages. Another is that when you begin to extend these systems, there will be a lot more power electronics as well as a lot more distributed energy resources," said Sandia.

Applicable for use on Earth

The most notable thing about this development is probably that the lessons learned from this lunar microgrid can be applied right here on Earth.

Although this project is for a microgrid on the moon, it is also relevant to resiliency for planets, according to Sandia electrical engineer Rachid Darbali-Zamora. I live in a small town in Puerto Rico and hope that some of the greatest lessons I have learned back home.

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