Skip to comments.Harvest the Sun — From Space
Posted on 07/24/2008 4:27:55 AM PDT by shove_it
AS we face $4.50 a gallon gas, we also know that alternative energy sources coal, oil shale, ethanol, wind and ground-based solar are either of limited potential, very expensive, require huge energy storage systems or harm the environment. There is, however, one potential future energy source that is environmentally friendly, has essentially unlimited potential and can be cost competitive with any renewable source: space solar power.
Science fiction? Actually, no the technology already exists. A space solar power system would involve building large solar energy collectors in orbit around the Earth. These panels would collect far more energy than land-based units, which are hampered by weather, low angles of the sun in northern climes and, of course, the darkness of night.
Once collected, the solar energy would be safely beamed to Earth via wireless radio transmission, where it would be received by antennas near cities and other places where large amounts of power are used. The received energy would then be converted to electric power for distribution over the existing grid. Government scientists have projected that the cost of electric power generation from such a system could be as low as 8 to 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is within the range of what consumers pay now...
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Got a feeling that “environmentalist” will find any number of reasons to object.
THIS + fusion = WIN
I am not sure that I think it is a viable idea. Burning coal, oil and natural gas is just so much simpler than all these other ideas.
Ad Astra Y'all!
Heh. To be worth building, such an expensive net of solar satellites would have to provide gigawatts of energy, which would require orbiting gigawatt radio transmitters, and they want to "safely" beam gigawatts of energy down to Earth and somehow collect all that and convert it to 60Hz. Nikola Tesla will be impressed if they can pull that off.
We already have people claiming they are being harmed by RFID and who shield themselves from power lines. Imagine living under one of these satellites. I smell enviro-lawsuit. Plus, hey, you're blocking my sun!
Google keyword “ helium-3 “ to see the worlds next power source.
He-3, abundant on the moon, an estimated one ton would power the entire U.S. for a year. The fusion technology only needs to be developed, and it is actively be studied. That is fusion, NOT fission.
Amazing that President Bush, AN OIL MAN, would authorize a permanent presence on the moon in the next few years (unless he knows something the rest of us do not ).
What happens to the plane (and the people in it) that flies through that beam?
Buck Rogers thinks do not want.
There is no point in mining it when we do not know how to build power plants to use it yet.
Please, PLEASE don't unplug the big orange cords, It's not funny anymore, really it's not.
I'm hoping they'd pick up a country music station or a conservative commentator ~ somethin' like that.
With this new found power maybe we could create a laser beam from space that incinerates the brand new New York Times building.
This twit does not have a clue about the energy density necessary to “beam” the required energy back to earth. Belive me, it’s a whopping amount.
What happens if the transmitting satillite accidently drifts off course?
What happens if it’s not accidental??
We have been hearing this proposal since the 1970's.
The only reason it still shows up is that pot is stronger now.
Peple are being killed by Power Line Waves and frying their brains with cellpones, supposedly, but we are going to beam Gigawatss to cities.
Pass the bong.
All of these pie in the sky in the sweet bye & bye are great excuses for not drilling for Pelosi etal but my SUV needs Gasoline this morning. I can only fantasize the antenna that can capture giga watts of power.
....solar power has been around for a generation now...right here on earth....if it was so good and so cheap the free market would have cashed in by now....every new house in Phoenix would have a roof top unit built right in.
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