Electricity is one of the most flexible, cost effective and non-polluting sources of power at the point of use. Energy from Space will be key to achieving and sustaining universal access to this form of power, since all known energy supplies on Earth will be insufficient to keep up with projected world demand for electricity
About 80% of our current energy supply is in the form of fossil fuels. Greater diversification and augmentation of energy sources is needed. To protect our planet, our long-term goal must be to find alternative energy supplies that are clean, renewable, affordable, and available to everyone. Guaranteed access to non-polluting energy is a controlling variable for local and national security, economic and social development and a good quality of life for everyone. Thus, as citizens of Planet Earth, we are fortunate that solar power satellites can now be used to reach up and harvest the abundant energy that is available just outside Earth’s atmosphere.
Mentors: Keith Henson, John Strickland, Dennis Wingo
Instructors: Prof. Don Flournoy, John Bowditch, Tyler Ayres, Kyle Perkins
Bonahoom, Steve; Buchannan, Stephen; Clem, Garrett; Nemec, Connie; Deavenport, Jacqueline; Phanuthep, S.; Sherrick, Victor; Showalter, Jason; Staub, Jessica; Stephens, Michael; Trein, Douglas; Young, David; and Zhang, Joey
"Creative Visualization of Space Solar Power,"
Online Journal of Space Communication: Vol. 10
, Article 1.
Available at: https://ohioopen.library.ohio.edu/spacejournal/vol10/iss17/1
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