|NEEP602 - Lecture 35|
Solar Energy Resources-Orbiting Solar Power Satellites
1) How They Work
2) Reference Design
3) Key Technology, Environmental, and Economic Issues
4) Comparisons to Other Power Sources
In addition to the mineral and gaseous resources in Space, the energy from the Sun is also an important "energy resource" that could have a far greater impact than it has in the past. The objective of this lecture, the next one (lecture 36), is to illustrate 2 methods by which the enormous energy of the Sun can be harnessed for large scale applications on the Earth. For more information, a recent book edited by Glaser, Davidson, and Csigi (1993) and a recent issue of Solar Energy (1996) are good places to start.
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