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must be heavily guarded by American ground forces. Then, these convoys, which are primary targets for asymmetric attacks by improvised explosive devices, must run adangerous gauntlet through a war zone. Finally, the kerosene is delivered to the forward bases, where it is converted into electricity.The NSSO-led study report finds that:
Petroleum products account for approximately 70% of delivered tonnage to U.S.forces in Iraq—total daily consumption is approximately 1.6 million gallons.
Significant numbers of American men and women are killed and injured whilethey are defending these supply chains.
The estimated cost of $1 per kilowatt hour does NOT include the cost in lives of American men and women.In other words, if space-based solar power existed today it would be saving thelives of American men and women in Iraq. It is this fundamental finding that creates the possibility that the DoD might become an early adopter, and anchor tenant customer, for SBSP. The possibility that the Department of Defense might be willing to sign up asanchor tenant to “
pay for SBSP services delivered to the warfighter in forward bases inamounts of 5-50 MW continuous, at a price of $1 or more per kilowatt-hour
”, changesthe entire economic equation of SBSP.
For this reason, the business case for Space-Based Solar Power may close in the verynear future with reasonable and appropriate actions by the U.S. Government.
In order to close the business case, and begin the development of SBSP, theFoundation urges the Administration and the U.S. Congress to enact the followingspecific recommendations by the NSSO-led study report.
DoD as Anchor Tenant Customer
The key to every business is having dependableand reliable customer(s).
The availability of a dependable anchor tenant customer,who is willing to pay $1 or more per kilowatt hour for large amounts of power, is amajor step forward.
The SBSP Study Group recommends that the DoD should immediately conduct arequirements analysis of underlying long-term DoD demand for secure, reliable,and mobile energy delivery to the warfighter, what the DoD might be willing to pay for a SBSP service delivered to the warfighter and under what terms and conditions, and evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of variousapproaches to signing up as an anchor tenant customer of a commercially-delivered service, such as the NextView acquisition approach pioneered by the National GeoSpatial-imaging Agency.
Extend Federal Incentives for Other Carbon-Neutral Energy Technologies toSBSP
The U.S. Government is providing major incentives to many other energytechnologies, in support of energy independence and clean renewable energy