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Title: Lunar Wireless Power Transfer Feasibility Study

Abstract

This study examines the feasibility of a multi-kilowatt wireless radio frequency (RF) power system to transfer power between lunar base facilities. Initial analyses, show that wireless power transfer (WPT) systems can be more efficient and less expensive than traditional wired approaches for certain lunar and terrestrial applications. The study includes evaluations of the fundamental limitations of lunar WPT systems, the interrelationships of possible operational parameters, and a baseline design approach for a notionial system that could be used in the near future to power remote facilities at a lunar base. Our notional system includes state-of-the-art photovoltaics (PVs), high-efficiency microwave transmitters, low-mass large-aperture high-power transmit antennas, high-efficiency large-area rectenna receiving arrays, and reconfigurable DC combining circuitry.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [3]
  1. National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Mercury, NV (United States)
  2. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
  3. Independent Consultant
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Mercury, NV (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Contributing Org.:
Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
934452
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-488
TRN: US200814%%495
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; ANTENNAS; DESIGN; POWER SYSTEMS; RECTENNAS

Citation Formats

Freid, Sheldon, Popovic, Zoya, Beckett, David R., Anderson, Scott R., Mann, Diana, and Walker, Stuart. Lunar Wireless Power Transfer Feasibility Study. United States: N. p., 2008. Web. doi:10.2172/934452.
Freid, Sheldon, Popovic, Zoya, Beckett, David R., Anderson, Scott R., Mann, Diana, & Walker, Stuart. Lunar Wireless Power Transfer Feasibility Study. United States. doi:10.2172/934452.
Freid, Sheldon, Popovic, Zoya, Beckett, David R., Anderson, Scott R., Mann, Diana, and Walker, Stuart. Sat . "Lunar Wireless Power Transfer Feasibility Study". United States. doi:10.2172/934452. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/934452.
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abstractNote = {This study examines the feasibility of a multi-kilowatt wireless radio frequency (RF) power system to transfer power between lunar base facilities. Initial analyses, show that wireless power transfer (WPT) systems can be more efficient and less expensive than traditional wired approaches for certain lunar and terrestrial applications. The study includes evaluations of the fundamental limitations of lunar WPT systems, the interrelationships of possible operational parameters, and a baseline design approach for a notionial system that could be used in the near future to power remote facilities at a lunar base. Our notional system includes state-of-the-art photovoltaics (PVs), high-efficiency microwave transmitters, low-mass large-aperture high-power transmit antennas, high-efficiency large-area rectenna receiving arrays, and reconfigurable DC combining circuitry.},
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