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Lunar production of solar cellsThe feasibility of manufacturing of solar cells on the moon for spacecraft applications is examined. Because of the much lower escape velocity, there is a great advantage in lunar manufacture of solar cells compared to Earth manufacture. Silicon is abundant on the moon, and new refining methods allow it to be reduced and purified without extensive reliance on materials unavailable on the moon. Silicon and amorphous silicon solar cells could be manufactured on the moon for use in space. Concepts for the production of a baseline amorphous silicon cell are discussed, and specific power levels are calculated for cells designed for both lunar and Earth manufacture.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Landis, Geoffrey A.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Perino, Maria Antonietta
(Aeritalia S.p.A. Turin, Italy)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1989
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:102102
Meeting Information
Meeting: Biennial SSI/Princeton Conference on Space Manufacturing
Location: Princeton, NJ
Country: United States
Start Date: May 10, 1989
End Date: May 13, 1989
Sponsors: Space Studies Inst.
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 506-41-11
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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