Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Solar orbital power: Sustainability analysis

Publication year: 2010brbSource:/b Energy, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 30 November 2010brAleksander, Zidanšek , Milan, Ambrožič , Maja, Milfelner , Robert, Blinc , Noam, LiorbrSolar power plants positioned in space for terrestrial electricity use have been proposed due to the ever-rising world energy consumption and its environmental impacts. This idea is analysed here in the context of sustainability of such power generation. To that end we have performed some new economic, environmental and social effects analysis of electricity generation by solar space power plants of both photovoltaic and solar thermal types power using the best currently available technology. The plants in the analysis were assumed to be in different Earth orbits, or on the Moon built by a robotised factory. One of our results…

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