Solar energy seems to be the way to replace oil on our planet. Although we are still decades away from this complete transformation, there are already ambitious plans and moves to collect solar energy. Thus, as has been made known, the US intends to send solar energy from space to Earth.
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), in partnership with Northrop Grumman, will have a project to develop sophisticated orbital technology.
US Air Force is working on developing a system that allows the military to collect solar energy from space and send it to Earth
According to what has been reported, the United States Air Force is working on developing a system that allows the military to collect solar energy from space and send it to Earth.
As reported by Stars and Stripes , this project is underway at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque. It is a project that has funding of over US $100 million and was named the Solar In Space Incremental Research and Demonstration Project (SSPIDR).
This technology will allow the collection of huge amounts of solar energy in space. Later, this energy will be transmitted in concentrated form to remote US bases during military operations.
How would the transfer of solar energy work?
The SSPIDR will collect solar energy in space and convert it into a radio frequency to descend to Earth. On the planet, this radio frequency will then be converted back into energy through ground receiving stations.
The idea may sound like something from a science fiction novel. However, this technique has existed since the 1960s. SSPIDR would not only allow the military to send power to remote outposts, but would also eliminate the risks now involved in transporting electricity to outposts in hostile regions.
As is well known, the military currently has to bring diesel fuel generators to outposts, exposing troops to possible ambushes. However, the SSPIDR would allow outposts to receive power without endangering the lives of US soldiers.
China plans to launch the development and launch of a similar system by 2025.
Higher efficiency than terrestrial solar panels
There are a wide range of advantages, including the effectiveness of SSPIDR over conventional solar panels on Earth. The US Department of Energy estimates that about 30% of energy is reflected in space by the Earth’s atmosphere. The SSPIDR could collect energy throughout the day – if it is correctly positioned in space – and continuously transport it to Earth.