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The solar umbrella: a low-cost demonstration of scalable space based solar power

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dc.contributor.author Contreras, Michael T.
dc.contributor.author Trease, Brian P.
dc.contributor.author Sherwood, Brent
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-05T20:54:40Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-05T20:54:40Z
dc.date.issued 2013-09-23
dc.identifier.citation 64th International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, China, September 23 - 27, 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#13-4404
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44397
dc.description.abstract Within the past decade, the Space Solar Power (SSP) community has seen an influx of stakeholders willing to entertain the SSP prospect of potentially boundless, base-load solar energy. Interested parties affiliated with the Department of Defense (DoD), the private sector, and various international entities have all agreed that while the benefits of SSP are tremendous and potentially profitable, the risk associated with developing an efficient end to end SSP harvesting system is still very high. In an effort to reduce the implementation risk for future SSP architectures, this study proposes a system level design that is both low-cost and seeks to demonstrate the furthest transmission of wireless power to date. The overall concept is presented and each subsystem is explained in detail with best estimates of current implementable technologies. Basic cost models were constructed based on input from JPL subject matter experts and assume that the technology demonstration would be carried out by a federally funded entity. The main thrust of the architecture is to demonstrate that a usable amount of solar power can be safely and reliably transmitted from space to the Earth’s surface; however, maximum power scalability limits and their cost implications are discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2013 en_US
dc.subject Space Solar Power (SSP) en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject energy independence en_US
dc.title The solar umbrella: a low-cost demonstration of scalable space based solar power en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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