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News from all over the solar system to people living in the early 21st Century / Chroniques de la conquête du système solaire
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Space Based Solar Power Findings Finally Released

he US based National Space Society (NSS) and Space Canada, an Ontario based not-for-profit organization advocating space based solar power, are jointly trumpeting recently released findings on what they call a "ground-breaking space solar power study," according to the November 15th, 2011 post on the NSS blog titled "National Space Society Hails Space Solar Power Study Findings."

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The final frontier: Solar power from space

The final frontier: Solar power from space | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Scientists have thought to capture solar energy from space for decades but has it has never been done commercially. Now the California utility on Monday said that it will seek approval from regulators to purchase 200 megawatts worth of solar energy delivered from stealth space solar power company Solaren over 15 years. The idea of space-based solar power (SBSP) is to place a device in space that can convert solar energy into a usable form and have it transmitted wirelessly to Earth."

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The Space Review: Making the case, again, for space-based solar power

The Space Review: Making the case, again, for space-based solar power | Space matters | Scoop.it

Space-based solar power (SBSP) is one of those ideas that, on the surface, looks particularly attractive. Harnessing sunlight in space—where it’s not limited by the day-night cycle or weather, as on Earth—and beaming that energy to Earth could provide effectively limitless amounts of power to meet the growing needs of humanity without the resource limitations or environmental impacts of alternatives like fossil fuels. However, SBSP’s beauty may be only skin-deep: once you start to dig into the details, from the technical challenges of building massive structures in space to the costs of doing so, it’s easy to understand why the SBSP concept has made little progress since first conceived by Peter Glaser over four decades ago.

 

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