Monday, January 24, 2005
Making solar cells from lunar regolith would certainly cut down on the cost of providing power for lunar bases, and as the article helpfully points out there is a lot of real estate on the moon to put the solar cells. Moreover, without an atmosphere to get in the way there is never a cloudy day on the moon. But there are those pesky 14 day nights to deal with. That's kind of a long time to be without solar power.
Maybe solar cells aren't the ideal solution for powering lunar bases, after all. Anyway, why should we rely on the sun for power when we can imitate the sun in a nuclear reactor and deliver power 24/7?
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