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The search for environmentally acceptable energy systems plays a central role in modern industrial economies. Most of the terrestrial energy supply today originates from fossil and nuclear sources. Fossil fuels represent a finite resource, and their use produces carbon dioxide, widely considered to be a leading cause for global warming, as well as other air pollutants. Nuclear power plants inevitably generate radioactive wastes for which there is no good disposal technology.

Fresh water is an exceeding scarce commodity in many locations around the world, yet 85% of domestic water use is potentially recoverable. The amount of fresh water that could be recycled is 30 to 46 million acre-feet per year. Virtually none of this water is being recycled today in domestic applications. Third world export applications exhibit a particularly large potential, especially for portable or small-scale water purification systems.

Human survival in space requires low mass, low waste systems for powering, monitoring, controlling, and revitalizing the environment. For eventual missions on the Moon and Mars, reliability will be a high priority in pre-positioned habitats. Reliable systems for powering, purifying, recycling and reusing water in the habitat will be mandatory.