ISRO To Mine Energy From Moon’s Helium-3 Rich Dust To Meet Rising Energy Needs Of India

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12:19 pm 21 Apr, 2017

Whether by launching 104 satellites into space at one go, or by its Mission Mars, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has made the country proud on a number of occasions.

Now, the organization plans to meet the rising energy needs of the country by mining energy from the Moon. Lunar dust which is known to be rich in Helium-3 will be used to generate energy which will be transported to Earth.


The plan to fulfill India’s rising energy requirements by mining Helium-3 from the moon was revealed by Sivanthu Pillai, the ISRO scientist who has headed BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian venture at a conference in Delhi.

This plan by ISRO to extract energy from lunar dust has emerged to reduce the import dependence on hydrocarbons by 10 percentage points by year 2022. However, as per the latest BP Energy Outlook, India’s demand for energy is expected to grow rapidly and outstrip that of other BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, and China).


Besides reducing India’s fuel imports, success of this plan will also lead to reduced pollution levels in the country. As reported by Livemint, this plan comes in the backdrop of success of lithium-ion batteries that were developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Center and tested by Automotive Research Association of India.


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