UK Funding Approval for Exploring Space Based Solar Power

Nov 17, 2020 11:21 PM ET
  • Solar power in space, which has played such a key role in powering satellites so far, is currently in the spotlight for producing energy in the world also.
UK Funding Approval for Exploring Space Based Solar Power

Taking the help of enormous solar energy satellites for the collection of solar power, the UK government has actually commissioned fresh research into the usefulness of space-based solar power (SBSP) systems which will certainly harness solar power precede. Following its collection, the energy will be converted unto superhigh frequency which will certainly then be safely beamed back to ground-based receivers. These will be linked to the electrical power grid.

Presented to the globe by science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov in 1941, this suggestion is now being looked into in many countries with the hope that one day it will be reality quickly. This comes with a time when light-weight photovoltaic panels as well as cordless power transmission modern technology is establishing swiftly. Include the sharp decline of space launches over the last few years, and also the idea unexpectedly seems to be moving far from science fiction right into the worlds of fact now.

Helmed by Frazer-Nash Consultancy, this research study is set to consider the business economics and design elements that such a task would certainly require. If and also whether it would certainly be possible to supply customers energy which is cost effective and also the technology and design which will be required to bring it to life. One of the primary worries is whether constructing all those enormous satellites in orbit can be done at all.

In the past, this concept was regarded doubtful due to the price of rocket launches in addition to the weight that such a task needs. Nonetheless, in recent times, many privately-led room endeavors have actually emerged as well as this price has actually been lowered considerably in the last decade. Among others, India's extremely own ISRO has actually also been accountable for lowering the cost of launching satellites right into space.

Martin Soltau, Space Business Manager at Frazer-Nash while providing a review of the study to a magazine claimed, "SBSP has the prospective to add significantly to UK power generation, and also uses several benefits if it can be made useful and also inexpensive.

Frazer-Nash is studying the prominent worldwide solar power satellite designs, as well as we will be creating the engineering plan to release an operational SBSP system by 2050. We are forming an expert panel, composed of leading SBSP specialists and space and also power organisations, to acquire a range of industry views.

We will contrast SBSP alongside various other forms of renewable resource, to see just how it would certainly add as part of a future mix of tidy power innovations. We have additionally partnered with Oxford Economics, that have considerable experience in the room industry as well as that will supply additional insight to the economic assessment of the system, as well as the advantage to the UK's economy."

The UK has been solid progress on its drive to be a net absolutely no economy by 2050. Besides the story we featured today on strategies to be all electric in cars and trucks by 2030 now, in 2019, the country managed to produce even more electrical power using sources like wind, solar and also nuclear energy than those which give off carbon like natural gas and also coal. Co2 generation in the UK has decreased by 40%, as reported by World Resources Institute-- a charitable based in Washington. This is greater than any other significant developed country for now.