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Wind Power: A Renewable Energy Source for Mars Transit VehicleThe Martian environment presents significant design challenges for the development of power generation systems. Nuclear-based systems may not be available due to political and safety concerns. The output of photovoltaics are limited by a solar intensity of 580 W/sqm as compared to 1353 W/sqm on Earth. The presence of dust particles in the Mars atmosphere will further reduce the photovoltaic output. Also, energy storage for a 12-hour night period must be provided. In this challenging environment, wind power generation capabilities may provide a viable option as a Martian power generation system. This paper provides an analysis of the feasibility of such a system.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Flynn, Michael (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Kohout, Lisa (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Kliss, Mark
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1998
Subject Category
Energy Production and Conversion
Meeting Information
Third International Conference on Life Support and Biosphere Science(Lake Buena Vista, FL)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 199-61-01
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