Solar Power Beaming: From Space to Earth
Harvesting solar energy in space and power beaming the collected energy to a receiver station on Earth is a very attractive way to help solve mankind's current energy and environmental problems. However, the colossal and expensive 'first step' required in achieving this goal has to-date stifled its initiation. In this paper, we will demonstrate that recent advance advances in laser and optical technology now make it possible to deploy a space-based system capable of delivering 1 MW of energy to a terrestrial receiver station, via a single unmanned commercial launch into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Figure 1 depicts the overall concept of our solar power beaming system, showing a large solar collector in space, beaming a coherent laser beam to a receiving station on Earth. We will describe all major subsystems and provide technical and economic discussion to support our conclusions.
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- 42 ENGINEERING; BEAMS; CURRENTS; ECONOMICS; ENERGY; HARVESTING; LASER POWER TRANSMISSION; LASERS; ORBITS; SOLAR COLLECTORS; SOLAR ENERGY; SPACE; SUPPORTS
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