ALMACENAMIENTO TÉRMICO Y COMBUSTIBLES SOLARES

ALCHEMIST
A Lunar CHEMical In Situ resource utilisation Test plant
Contacts
Funding
Duration
Thorsten Denk; thorsten.denk@psa.es
European Space Agency (ESA)
2018
Background

This is one of the results of a previous project Oresol, where it was investigated a promising type of solar chemical reactor for reactions that need the processing of large quantities of solids.

Objetives

Success of the ESA’s tender AO-9107: Study for ESA for a payload testing lunar regolith reduction with hydrogen on the Moon to be flown not later than 2025, ALCHEMIST aims to set a solid scientific and technological basis for the first feasible approach of oxygen (O2) production from regolith on the Moon. This approach is based on using a fluidized reactor where the reduction of one constituent of lunar soil, ilmenite (FeTiO3), is done, with hydrogen, and the subsequent electrolysis of the obtained water.

Participants
SAS (Belgium), CIEMAT (Spain), Ariane Group (France), Aavid Thermacore (UK)