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PRODUCTION OF OXYGEN BY ELECTROLYSIS OF LUNAR SOIL IN MOLTEN SALT

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
11965
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
11965
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EMEC Consultants
4221 Roundtop Road Export, PA 15632
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: PRODUCTION OF OXYGEN BY ELECTROLYSIS OF LUNAR SOIL IN MOLTEN SALT
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $488,000.00
 

Abstract:

COSTS FOR MISSIONS IN SPACE CAN BE REDUCED SIGNIFICANTLY BY UTILIZING LUNAR RESOURCES. CONSIDERING THE GREAT INTEREST IN THE AVAILABILITY OF OXYGEN, WE PROPOSE TO INVESTIGATE ITS ELECTROLYTIC PRODUCTION FROM MOLTEN SALT. THIS PROCESS USES LUNAR SOIL WITH MINIMUM OR NO BENEFICIATION AND DOES NOT PRODUCE ANY WASTE. A METAL ALLOYIS OBTAINED AS A USEFUL BYPRODUCT. THIS APPROACH HAS BEEN SUGGESTED BY EMEC CONSULTANTS AT A RECENT NASA WORK SHOP AND HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE PARTICULARLY ATTRACTIVE. TROUBLEFREE CATHODIC DEPOSITION AND RECOVERY OF THE METAL COMPONENTS, MINIMAL ELECTROLYTE LOSSES, AND SUFFICIENT STABILITY OF ANODES EMPLOYED ARE MAJOR PREREQUISITES FOR THEENVISIONED PROCESS TO BE VIABLE. IN PHASE I, THE CATHODIC DEPOSITION OF THE METAL COMPONENTS OF LUNAR SOIL WILL BE STUDIED. EXPERIMENTATION WILL BE CONDUCTED WITH CARLTON PEAK ANORTHOSITE AND UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MLS-1 AS THE MAJOR LUNAR SOIL SIMULANTS. WHILE MAINLY CARBON ANODES WILL BE EMPLOYED IN PHASE I, ELECTROLYSIS WITH OXYGEN-EVOLVING ANODES WILL BE STUDIED IN PHASE II, INTRODUCING A WIDE RANGE OF FEED MATERIAL COMPOSITIONS. PHASE II WILL ALSO INCLUDE WORK ON THE RECOVERY OF LITHIUM FROM THE CATHODE PRODUCT. THE DEVELOPED TECHNOLOGY MAY ALSO LEAD TO UNCONVENTIONAL SOLUTIONS IN TERRESTRIAL ORE PROCESSING.

Principal Investigator:

Rudolf Keller
Doctor
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Business Contact:

Rudolf keller
SOLE PROPRIETOR
4123253260
Small Business Information at Submission:

Emec Consultants
R.d. 3, Roundtop Road Export, PA 15632

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No