ESTEE is currently starting two new prototypes. These two experiments are part of a stepwise approach to increase the loop closure of ESTEE’s first (semi-) autonomous habitat.
The first prototype is a closed loop, where the only input required will be electricity. We are expecting over 99% loop closure on the daily mass balance. The whole system fits in one container. We are currently working on developing the heat extraction unit.
The second prototype is an experiment to help us recover the remaining 1% from the first prototype.
We will post further updates following these experiments in due course.