The British government has commissioned new research on the space-based solar (SBSP) system, which will use satellites with super-large solar panels to capture sunlight, convert it into high-frequency radio waves, and then safely “transmit” it to On the receiver connected to the satellite. The grid on the earth.
Research led by a consulting company Fraser Nash, Will consider the engineering and economics of this system-whether it can provide consumers with affordable energy, and the engineering and technology required to build the system.
British government says One of the biggest problems to overcome is to assemble huge orbiting satellites, Has never been done on this scale before.
This idea was first proposed by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in 1941. Due to the rapid development of lightweight solar panels and wireless power transmission technology, it is currently being studied in various countries.
This, coupled with low-cost commercial space launches, can make the concept of solar satellites more feasible and economically viable.
The study will explore whether the technology can provide powerful, safe and sustainable energy.
Dr. Graham Turnock, Executive Director of the British Space Agency said: “The sun will never fall into space, so the space solar system can provide renewable energy in day or night, rain or sunlight anywhere on earth. This idea has existed for decades, but it has been felt by people for dozens of years. year.”
“The UK is improving its status as a global space player, and we have bold plans to launch small satellites in the next few years. Solar space may be another common thread, and this research will help determine whether it is suitable for the UK.”
Historically, the cost of rocket launches and the weight required for a project of this scale have made the idea of space-based solar energy unfeasible. But in the past decade, the emergence of private space companies has greatly reduced launch costs. “
Martin Soltau, Frazer-Nash Space Operations Manager, added: “Frazer-Nash is studying major international solar satellite designs, and we will develop engineering plans to deploy an operational SBSP system by 2050.”
“We are forming a panel of experts consisting of leading experts from SBSP and space and energy organizations to gain a broad view of the industry.”
“We will compare SBSP with other forms of renewable energy to understand its role in the future clean energy technology portfolio.”
“We are also with Oxford EconomicsHe has extensive experience in the space field and will bring more insights into the economic evaluation of the system and bring benefits to the British economy.”
The British Aerospace Agency said it will work to understand the future opportunities that arise with the development of space technology. National Space Administration Set a new direction for the British space policy.