Airbus, the University of Cambridge and satellite manufacturer SSTL are examples of 50 companies that have teamed up to create a project whose main purpose is to generate energy from direct sunlight captured in space.
The aim is to help the UK achieve its goal of zeroing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, rather than using existing technologies. The UK is developing an engineering study conducted by consulting firm Frazer-Nash to develop the project, which was commissioned by the UK government last year. According to the consultant, the project is “technically feasible and does not require any improvement in the rules of physics, new materials or component technology”.
As advanced space.com Martin Zoldo announced that the size of the space solar plant is currently the main challenge, as all the existing technologies are already in place.
Soltau noted that the project team has established a prototype of the solar plant, which will be developed in 12 years. The plant will be set up by robots in orbit and will send gigawatts of energy from space to Earth by 2035. The team plans to launch about 300 rocket launchers, such as the SpaceX Starship, and build a plant 36,000 kilometers away. So you can always see from the sun and the earth.
By activating the solar panel in space, it is expected to be able to capture 13 times more energy than the panel on the ground. This process also eliminates the “gap problem”.
International Electric Company, a British engineering company, developed a modular concept called CASSIOPeiA or fixed hole, solid-state, integrated, orbital phase sequence. Scientists are exploring this concept, which could lead to orbital plant expansion after the initial phase.
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