Maana Electric transforms sand and regolith into solar panels
Screenshot from Maana Electric’s YouTube channel.
Paris, May 20, 2021. – Luxembourg-based startup Maana Electric is renewing its contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to complete production of its TerraBox system and demonstrate how terrestrial sand and lunar regolite can be converted into solar panels.
The multi-million euro contract is part of the Luxembourg National Space Program LuxIMPULSE and is supported by the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), said Maana Electric.
“TerraBox is the perfect example of the technological breakthrough that is suitable for both terrestrial and space applications. The project addresses a challenge that will definitely pave the way for the future of space exploration and set examples of cleaner and more sustainable use of local resources on earth, ”said Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency.
The TerraBox is a mobile factory that fits into several shipping containers and can be used worldwide. What makes the TerraBox unique is the ability to produce solar modules using only sand and electricity as input, which enables the TerraBox to produce solar modules from local sand resources in desert regions, ”says Maana Electric.