In Russia, developed a power plant for a future base on the moon


Russia has developed a power plant for the future lunar base. Scientists from the Kurchatov Institute received a patent for a system that will transform heat into electricity.


The invention of Russian engineers is designed to solve the problem of supplying electricity to an autonomous life-support system for equipment and the crew of the future lunar base. The patented system includes two closed loops.

The first consists of a collector that receives sunlight, a heat exchanger with a thermocouple, into which heat will pass through the pipeline of the hot liquid metal circuit, as well as a circulation pump. A second circuit is needed to remove heat. It uses a cold junction heat exchanger connected to the refrigerator emitter by means of a pipeline.

Energy is generated in the thermoelectric converter due to the temperature difference.

According to the developers, their invention will be able to produce enough energy to maintain the functionality of the lunar base during a lunar day. At the same time, its excess can be accumulated in classic batteries or other energy storage systems.
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  1. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 30 June 2020 13: 28
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    Maybe you should try this installation in Antarctica? With the action, even for six months - this is a significant saving in motor fuel.
  2. 123 Online
    123 (123) 30 June 2020 13: 34
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    What kind of miracle have they done? Peltier element improved?

    The first consists of a collector that receives sunlight, a heat exchanger with a thermocouple, into which heat will pass through the hot liquid metal circuitand the pumpcirculating

    The liquid metal circuit involves heating at least 100 degrees and the pump must also be turned. Is the Sun shining so brightly on the Moon or will there be a small reactor?
    According to the cooling circuit, I found something similar, the coolant is a sodium-potassium alloy.

    https://www.ippe.ru/facilities/thermal-physics/heat-hydraulic-liquid-metal/178-6b

    There are more questions than answers, I would like to listen to the opinion of competent specialists.
  3. margo Offline
    margo (margo) 30 June 2020 17: 02
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    ... for a future base on the moon.

    - you don’t even know whether to cry or laugh.
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 1 July 2020 00: 12
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    ... for a future base on the moon.

    Already not funny. "Peremogi" is so direct and strew, and neither missiles, nor GLONASS, nor satellites .....
  5. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 1 July 2020 08: 45
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    In Russia, developed a power plant for a future base on the moon

    - Herbert Wells, Alexei Tolstoy, Stanislav Lem, Alexander Belyaev and a whole cohort of writers ...- they just nervously smoked ... the entire smoking room ...
    - It was during Soviet times that one could hope for real breakthroughs in space exploration ... - And today, Russia has somehow mastered the craft of the “space cab” (and even then it will soon lose its job, since the need for such cabs will disappear). ..- here she rolls tourists, and carries products to space on Soviet rockets, which she inherited from the socialist grandfathers ...
    - By today's times, it is easier for Russia to hope that the aliens themselves will fly to Earth and already here, on Earth, build bases with them (if they are not aggressors and arrive with peaceful intentions) ... - Such a "prospect" .. .