"The Space Power Generation and Storage project will develop technologies and components to provide low-cost, abundant power for deep-space missions including high-efficiency solar cells, advanced batteries and regenerative fuel cells."
This project will develop technologies and components to provide
low-cost, abundant power for deep-space missions (and dual-use terrestrial
applications), including high-efficiency solar cells, advanced batteries
and regenerative fuel cells. The integration of these technologies
and components into modular systems appropriate for various habitats
and vehicles will be addressed by ESMD Advanced Exploration Systems
(AES) Program. The Space Power Generation and Storage project will
carry three project elements: Advanced PEM fuel cells, advanced lithium-ion
batteries and next generation solar power arrays. The advanced PEM
fuel cells project element will focus on prototyping and testing
of non-flow-through PEM fuel cells. The advanced lithium-ion batteries
project element will develop, prototype and test higher capacity,
longer duty-cycle and environmentally rugged lithium-ion batteries.
The solar power array project element will develop higher efficiency,
longer-life, space tolerant solar cells and arrays.
Abundant power expands the capabilities of every human mission, including missions to asteroids, planets, moons, libration points, and orbiting structures. Furthermore, abundant power provides benefits for all phases of flight: vehicle operations, electric propulsion systems, and destination applications.