[ RadSafe ] Solar stuff
Brennan, Mike (DOH)
Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Thu Mar 19 12:32:00 CDT 2015
Years ago I read a thread where someone was talking about how nuclear power wasn't necessary, because solar power satellites could produce a nearly unlimited amount of electricity that could be beamed down to Earth. I pointed out there were still some non-trivial practical issues to solve, and that if he didn't like thousand megawatt nuclear facilities, he REALLY wouldn't like terawatt microwave lasers in space. If you assume the satellites are in geosynchronous orbit a mile-wide receiving antenna requires far better than pin-point accuracy.
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of JPreisig at aol.com
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:41 AM
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Solar stuff
Some interesting stuff about solar energy lately.
Australian researchers are claiming 40% conversion efficiencies for their solar cells.
Other solar researchers are thinking about ways to collect solar energy in space (in Earth orbit) and how to beam the energy to the Earth's surface. Too bad Tesla isn't around to help with this idea. Have satellites around the Earth with solar collecters???
The other idea is to place optics/mirrors etc. in Earth orbit to direct Sunlight to collection points on the Earth's surface. Sounds much like the Bond movie --- the Man with the Golden Gun (the Solex). Also sounds like solar weapons systems tinkered with by the Germans in WW II.
Time to get a second MS/MA degree in solar energy/EE/Applied Physics from the Colorado School of Mines (Solar Energy Research Institute) or somewhere like that..???.
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