In the picture below, have a look at the proposed situation Mars-One has in mind setting up its base.
One sees a lot of solar panels in front of the base itself. The conclusion everyone makes is that the living conditions on Mars depend on (solar) energy. It is completely correct to state that no life on Mars is sustainable without electric energy.
Energy is needed to heat the settlement, to keep up the air pressure, to supply power for the lights, to supply the power for the oxygen to breath, to cook, to communicate, and last but not least to store energy when the sun is not shining on the solar panels like you have in the evening or when sand storms cover the panels.
In fact the situation above is similar to any space lab or rocket traveling through space only with much more solar panels. Much more…
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