VIP Team Spotlights
Session 1: Photosynthetic Biobatteries
Presenter: Joseph Peacock, Universidad Mayor
VIP Team: Objectives for sustainable development and university: Climate change, energy, long life, disabled and genetics
The world is in the midst of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources and an improvement in the storage and production systems of electrical energy is essential. State-of-the-art systems could be the answer to this great problem, an emerging technology is the so-called bio-batteries, which have been a point of interest for the creation of clean, safe and low-cost electricity using biological functions. Our VIP project seeks to develop a photo-microbial fuel cell or photosynthetic bio battery that uses genetically modified single-celled photosynthetic eukaryotic microorganisms (microalgae) to generate action potentials.
Session 2: In-situ resource utilization and energy harvesting systems on Mars
Presenter: John Hankinson, Georgia Tech Research Institute
VIP Team: M.A.R.S.: Martian Advanced Renewable Systems
The Moon and Mars offer difficult challenges to NASA’s ambitious plan for exploration, including acquisition of reliable and renewable energy, functional designs for extreme heat and cold, food production strategies, and dust mitigation. This presentation will provide an update of collaborative efforts between the MARS VIP team and scientists and engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to research, develop, and test renewable energy systems for efficient use in Martian habitats.