Credit: Frazer-Nash Consultancy

The UK Government is investigating the potential of large solar power satellites to collect solar energy, convert it into high frequency radio waves, and safely beam it back to ground-based receivers connected to the electrical power grid.

The report has been commissioned jointly by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and is being done by Frazer-Nash, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy, and Oxford Economics, a global forecasting and quantitative analysis organization.

As part of the study, three leading space-based solar power concepts will be appraised: from the USA (SPS Alpha), UK (CASSIOPeiA) and China (MR-SPS).

Credit: Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Resilient, safe and sustainable

Martin Soltau, space business manager at Frazer-Nash said via the group’s website:

“Decarbonizing our economy is vital. We need to explore new technologies to provide clean, affordable, secure and dependable energy for the nation. Using the power of the sun, space-based solar power is a low-carbon, renewable technology that could potentially offer us a resilient, safe and sustainable energy source, and could make a substantial contribution to delivering on the UK’s commitment to Net Zero by 2050.”

Soltau said the study will provide an independent assessment as to whether it is feasible, from an engineering perspective, to develop space-based solar power to an operational capability by 2050. Also, space-based solar power will be compared to other forms of renewable energy, to see how it would contribute as part of a future mix of clean energy technologies.

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