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Comparison of Direct Solar Energy to Resistance Heating for Carbothermal Reduction of Regolith
49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
A comparison of two methods of delivering thermal energy to regolith for the carbo thermal reduction process has been performed. The comparison concludes that electrical resistance heating is superior to direct solar energy via solar concentrators for the following reasons: (1) the resistance heating method can process -12 times as much regolith using the same amount of thermal energy as the direct solar energy method because of superior thermal insulation; (2) the resistance heating method isdoi:10.2514/6.2011-699 fatcat:pajxpr64qbbm7fuexlhxd2gdoy