The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Honda announced today, June 14, that they will test a new "circulative renewable energy system" that could provide oxygen, hydrogen, and electricity to human outposts for extended periods of time, according to a press statement.
The project is aimed at bolstering deep space exploration capabilities by reducing the reliance on supplies sent from Earth.
In order to do that, the team behind the collaboration is building a system that combines a high differential pressure water electrolysis system and a fuel cell system.
The high differential pressure water electrolysis system would electrolyze water using solar energy to produce oxygen and hydrogen, while the fuel cell system would generate water and electricity from oxygen and hydrogen.
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