Energy

Homestead Database

Energy is life for any space settlement. Lunar Homesteads without energy aren’t going to be habitable for long. The trick is to be able to produce, store, and use energy without having to bring lots of equipment from Earth.

Energy Category Posts

  • Electricity generation
    • Dayspan
      • Solar
    • Nightspan
      • Manual kinetic
      • Hydroelectric – store water near surface and at bottom (xx meters deep). Dayspan – pump water to high storage. Nightspan – generate hydroelectric power.
    • Uninterrupted
      • Combined solar/combustion steam
      • Nuclear
        • Radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG)
        • Fission
      • Combustion
        • Lunar made fuels (for continuous electricity generation and industrial processes)(also for underground industry not dependent on solar power)(solar power can be used to make the fuel)
          • Calcium + oxygen
          • Iron powder + oxygen
          • Aluminum powder + oxygen
          • CH4 – biofuel
          • H2+O2 = fuel cell or combustion
          • H2O2 (hydrogen pyroxide)
          • SiH4 (silane)
    • Motors
      • Electric motors/generators – iron or aluminum windings. Need experiments.
  • Electricity storage
    • Kinetic
      • Flywheel
      • Hydro
    • Chemical
      • Battery
      • Fuel Cell
    • Thermal
      • Molten basalt or glass
  • Electricity distribution
    • Wiring
      • Manufacturing
      • Lunar wiring (aluminum) and sheathing (Basalt fiber ?). Need correct terminals so aluminum doesn’t burn. 12 volt DC.
  • Heat generation
    • Solar thermal
  • Heat storage
    • Thermal mass
  • Heat distribution
    • Piped water
  • Heat rejection
    • Thermal radiators
  • Lighting
    • Types
      • Glass solid light tubes (fiber optics) – bring sunlight into habitats. How to build, how effective, maximum distance light will travel, radiation protection,
      • Periscope Windows for level 1 (just below the surface) habitats
      • Heliostats
      • Light pipes – fiber optics distribute light from a central light device.
      • Incandescent,
      • fluorescent,
      • led,
      • halogen,
      • Combustion
      • Arc lamps
      • Full spectrum (artificial sunlight) lights, grow lights,
      • Observation rooms at surface (still fully shielded). Shielded at top and with wide overhangs.
    • Manufacturing
  • Industrial uses

 

 

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