Enhancing terrestrial solar power using orbiting solar reflectors

Çelik, O. , Viale, A. , Oderinwale, T. , Sulbhewar, L. and McInnes, C. R. (2022) Enhancing terrestrial solar power using orbiting solar reflectors. Acta Astronautica, 195, pp. 276-286. (doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2022.03.015)

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Abstract

The delivery of global clean energy services represents a key challenge for the 21st century. In order to deliver such services, it is clear that large-scale solar power farms will continue to grow both in number and size. In principle, ultralight membrane orbiting solar reflectors can illuminate large-scale solar power farms during the critical dawn/dusk hours of the day, enhancing the utility of terrestrial solar power. The key advantage is that only a relatively modest mass needs to be delivered to Earth orbit. This paper discusses the technical challenges associated with the development, deployment and operation of such a space-based energy service. Business development models are discussed along with regulatory issues and finally an integrated technology demonstration roadmap is presented.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Oderinwale, Dr Temitayo and Viale, Mr Andrea and McInnes, Professor Colin and Sulbhewar, Dr Litesh and Celik, Dr Onur
Authors: Çelik, O., Viale, A., Oderinwale, T., Sulbhewar, L., and McInnes, C. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Acta Astronautica
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0094-5765
ISSN (Online):1879-2030
Published Online:19 March 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 IAA
First Published:First published in Acta Astronautica 195: 276-286
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
308703SOLSPACEColin McInnesEuropean Commission (EC)883730ENG - Systems Power & Energy