Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thoughts on Lunar Power

While there is a great deal of aversion to fission, it is being investigated as a viable method of power on the moon.

The best part is that for nuclear waste disposal you just leave it where it is and dig a different hole for a new reactor. I fully support the commercialization of this technology for use outside of NASA. There is also the option of mining lunar KREEP deposits for fuel.

As for non-nuclear power storage, if we're going to import all of that water for fuel cell storage we might as well just import a vanadium redox flow battery for higher efficiency. This method does not need cryogenic storage of H2 and O2, which will tend to boil off. That's a terrible waste of precious hydrogen.

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