Photovoltaics-Driven Power Production Can Support Human Exploration on Mars

@inproceedings{Abel2022PhotovoltaicsDrivenPP,
  title={Photovoltaics-Driven Power Production Can Support Human Exploration on Mars},
  author={Anthony J. Abel and Aaron J. Berliner and Mia Mirkovic and William D. Collins and Adam Paul Arkin and Douglas S. Clark},
  booktitle={Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences},
  year={2022}
}
A central question surrounding possible human exploration of Mars is whether crewed missions can be supported by available technologies using in situ resources. Here, we show that photovoltaics-based power systems would be adequate and practical to sustain a crewed outpost for an extended period over a large fraction of the planet’s surface. Climate data were integrated into a radiative transfer model to predict spectrally-resolved solar flux across the Martian surface. This informed detailed… 

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