Wind turbine

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Wind turbines can generate electric or pneumatic energy. Observed dust storms proof the existence of wind in the atmosphere of Mars.

The viability of wind turbines is unclear due to different environmental conditions on Mars. The available knowledge about strength and duration of wind is fragmentary. Also, the global wind pattern is largely unknown. An experimental setup and additional explorations on Mars are needed to evaluate the efficiency.

If wind turbines are found to be of value, most, if not all, of the components could be fabricated using martian resources.

Problems with dust

Windblown dust could clog up moving parts. Also, maintainance could be a problem.

Open Issues

  • What is the effect (efficiency) of thin air on the wind turbines?