What Would It Take to Manufacture Perovskite Solar Cells in Space?

Lyndsey McMillon-Brown, Joseph Luther, Timothy Peshek

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Imagine: Astronauts land on the moon. They verify their arrival with mission control and perform system checks and validations. After the dust settles, they open the airlock of the landing vehicle and venture outside. A side hatch opens, and a flexible substrate slowly unfurls on a boom. A series of printer heads raster, hovering over the substrate and sequentially vapor-depositing the constituent layers of a perovskite solar module. In time, a 1-megawatt array has been manufactured on the moon and can now be connected to supply power to the Artemis Base Camp. This ambitious vision could someday become a reality.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1040-1042
Number of pages3
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-82068


  • perovskites
  • photovoltaics
  • solar cells
  • space


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