(ORDO NEWS) — Since Europe is in a state of energy crisis, scientists have an idea to solve the problem in a long-term scenario. Scientists proposed to build a satellite that could collect solar energy and transmit it to Earth.
Space solar power , currently considered theoretical, will help the energy sector reduce dependence on fossil fuels, which are a source not only of climate pollution but also of larger geopolitical problems.
The European Space Agency (ESA) said that recent studies show that such a satellite is quite operational.
The satellite, called Solaris, could be launched into geostationary orbit, where it would continuously collect sunlight 24/7 and then convert it into low-density microwaves to safely transmit them to receiving stations on Earth.
ESA stated that there was a major technical problem that needed to be overcome. It is necessary that the satellite has a length of several kilometers, as well as antennas that will collect rays from space.
The challenge will be to build high-performance photovoltaic systems, high-power electronics, and RF systems on a large scale.
In addition, the impact of low-power microwaves on the health of humans and animals, as well as aircraft and satellites, should also be studied in advance.
“Given the climate and energy crises, and advances in space capabilities, now is a good time to find out if space-based solar power could be part of the solution. This is a responsible step,” said Solaris Project Manager Sanjay Wijendran.
The European Space Agency has proposed a research program to develop the necessary technologies for the Solaris project, which gives hope that this technology will become a reality in the near future.
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