Space-Based Solar Power is at the pilot stage of innovation, which can yield promising outcomes in electricity sustainment in the future.
FREMONT, CA: Exploiting a country’s available sources facilitates exponential growth, which lends a helping hand in times of war and disaster. That is, when conflicts or a lack of sources situation prevails, economically accessible alternatives for unnatural gas are hard to speculate on. Thus, space-based solar power, due to its sequential panels in geosynchronous orbits, was a much wiser choice to switch to owing to its configuration of an elevated flow of electricity on earth. Similarly, this infrastructure has numerous advantages, such as the absence of clouds, water vapours, or bird droppings, which may affect the scale of energy flow, and its continuous electricity supply, which may eliminate power intermittents.
Though extracting solar power from space technologies is a pilot measure to evaluate its extent, space-based solar power is much more capable of facilitating an uninterrupted power supply all over Europe. Hence, the European Space Agency has initiated the Solaris program, which is funded by its member nations to explore the potential of space-based solar power and in assessing the technical feasibility, implementation options, benefits, commercial opportunities, and risks associated with the technology. The program was mainly developed in response to the climate change crisis persisting around the globe. Owing to the clean, continuous, cost-efficient, abundance and security that alternate power favours, Solaris is expected to attain exponential growth in the future with advances in technology and an increased value of funding.
The concept of SBSP(Space-Based Solar Power) was initially planted in the 1960s and is now widely adopted in various nations. One testament to this rising interest is the UK's elevated focus on the idea of an uninterrupted power supply in the future. However, challenges in technology, the economy, policy, and hardware persist with increasing SBSP efficiency as a clean and relentless form of energy. Additionally, the power, when gathered and stored at ground stations, must be distributed in an equal manner, which is also a defiant trial in the space-based solar power system.
In feasibility research run by the European Space Agency, space-based solar power satisfies the requirement of sustainability and affordability due to which it is expected to yield feasible results by 2050. Moreover, encompassing space-based solar power reports in government-relevant policies such as net zero pathways and National Space Strategy enables a staged technology development that automatically favours orbitary demonstrator and operational systems. With the government at the forefront in shaping the regulatory environments for the safe and sustainable use of SBSP, a synergy with international partners is also crucial.
Similarly, space-based solar power is gaining popularity like other renewable energy sources due to its ability to decarbonise the European energy supply. Regardless of the positive outcomes, every innovation holds certain drawbacks. When circled out at the right time and rectified, these resources can be leveraged for a better and more sustainable future.