Space-based solar power agreement

April 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm 1 comment

 California’s Electricity Utility has signed an agreement with Solaren Corporation to accept deliveries for up to 200 megawatts (“MW”) of energy from a new space solar power project with a ground receiving station in Fresno County, for a term of 15 years. If completed by 2016, the project would deliver an average of 850 gigawatt hours (“GWh”) for the first year of the term, and 1,700 GWh per year over the remaining term of the agreement.

Space-based solar power (SBSP) (or historically space solar power (SSP)) is a theoretical design for the collection of solar power in space, for use on Earth. SBSP differs from the usual method of solar power collection in that the solar panels used to collect the energy would reside on a satellite in orbit, often referred to as a solar power satellite (SPS), rather than on Earth’s surface. In space, collection of the Sun’s energy is unaffected by the day/night cycle, weather, seasons, or the filtering effect of Earth’s atmospheric gases. Average solar energy per unit area outside Earth’s atmosphere is on the order of ten times that available on Earth’s surface.

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