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Technology for Solar Array Production on the MoonSilicon, aluminum, and glass are the primary raw materials that will be required for production of solar arrays on the moon. A process sequence is proposed for producing these materials from lunar regolith is proposed, consisting of separating the required materials from lunar rock with fluorine. Fluorosilane produced by this process is reduced to silicon; the fluorine salts are reduced to metals by reaction with metallic potassium. Fluorine is recovered from residual MgF and CaF2 by reaction with K2O. Aluminum, calcium oxide, and magnesium oxide are recovered to manufacture structural materials and glass.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Landis, Geoffrey A. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
May 20, 2002
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference(New Orleans, LA)
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