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A Seminar on

SOLAR POWER SATELLITES

Presented By:
JURI DEORI
POW/13/EL/014
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

6th Semester

Submitted to: Ritunjoy Bhuyan


(H.O.D)
Prajit Goswami (Lect)

OUTLINES:
Introduction.
How solar power satellite woks?
SPS- the background.
Advantages of solar power
satellites.
Disadvantages solar power
satellites.
FUTURE of solar power
satellites.
Conclusion.
Bibliography.

INTRODUCTION :

The

new

millennium

has

introduced increased pressure for


finding new renewable resources.

Building

power

station

in

space to transmit electricity to


earth by way of radio waves solar power satellites.

Microwave

transmission.

wireless

power

HOW SPS WORKS?

SPS are designed to capture solar energy and


transmit that energy to the receiving stations
that are situated thousands of miles from each
other on the surface of earth. This satellites are
made up of numbers of modules outfitted with
light weight photovoltaic solar panels.SPS converts
the solar energy in to microwaves & sends that
microwaves into a beam to a receiving antenna on
the earth for conversion to ordinary electricity.

SPS- the background


The concept of large SPS that would be
placed in geo stationary orbit was invented by
Peter Glaser in 1968.The SPS concept was
examined extensively during the late 1970s
by U.S department of energy (DOE) and the
national aeronautics & space administration
(NASA).
Fresh look study, SPS concept definition
study. The principal objective of this fresh
look study was to determine whether a SPS
and associated systems could be defined. The
fresh look study concluded that the prospects
for power from space were more technically
viable than they had been earlier.
SPS exploratory and research technology
focused
identify

on

the

system

technical viability.

exploratory
concepts

research
and

to

establish

ADVANTAGES OF SOLAR POWER SATELLITE

1) Unlike oil, gas, and coal plants, space solar power does not
emit greenhouse gases.
2) Unlike bio-ethanol or bio-diesel, space solar power does
not compete for increasingly valuable farm land or depend
on natural-gas-derived fertilizer. Food can continue to be a
major export instead of a fuel provider.
3) Unlike nuclear power plants, space solar power will not
produce hazardous waste, which needs to be stored and
guarded for hundreds of years.
4) Unlike nuclear power plants, space solar power does not
provide easy targets for terrorists.
5) Unlike coal and nuclear fuels, space solar power does not
require environmentally problematic mining operations.
6) Space solar power will provide true energy independence
for the nations that develop it, eliminating a major source
of national competition for limited Earth-based energy
resources.

DISADVANTAGES OF SOLAR POWER SATELLITES

1) Maintenance of SPS is expensive and challenging.


2) Geosynchronous orbit is already in heavy use;
could be endangered by space debris coming from
such a large project.
3) The size of construction for the rectenna is
massive.
4) Transportation of all the materials from earth to
space and installation is highly challenging.

FUTURE OF SOLAR POWER


SATELLITES

It is fast. The energy can be transmitted from the solar power


satellites to the receiving stations and then between receiving
stations in just second. This is all accomplished via. a wireless
transfer of the energy and the result is dispatch able, base load
power, which can then power homes &businesses as effectively as
the more traditional forms of power generation.
Satellite solar power are those they are pollution free, 100%
replacement for fossil fuels in the near future, elimination of
transmission lines, overhead lines and cables as the power can be
beamed directly to a particular spot all over the world. No air or
water pollution is created during generation.
Satellite solar power is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
in huge quantities. It works regardless of cloud cover, daylight, or
wind speed.

CONCLUSION:
The solar power satellite will be central
attraction of space and energy technology in
the coming decades. It is not a pollutant but
more suitably, a man made extension of the
naturally generated electromagnetic spectrum
that provides heat and light for our sustenance.
Solar power satellite (SPS) concept is
attractive
because
it
is
much
more
advantageous than ground based solar power.
Space solar power can completely solve our
energy problems long term. The sooner we start
and the harder we work, the shorter "long
term" will be.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Internet
-Wikipedia.
Magazine- science report.
Consultation with teachers &

friends.