• 7 hours Oil Prices Rise After API Reports Major Crude Draw
  • 8 hours Citgo President And 5 VPs Arrested On Embezzlement Charges
  • 8 hours Gazprom Speaks Out Against OPEC Production Cut Extension
  • 9 hours Statoil Looks To Lighter Oil To Boost Profitability
  • 10 hours Oil Billionaire Becomes Wind Energy’s Top Influencer
  • 11 hours Transneft Warns Urals Oil Quality Reaching Critical Levels
  • 12 hours Whitefish Energy Suspends Work In Puerto Rico
  • 13 hours U.S. Authorities Arrest Two On Major Energy Corruption Scheme
  • 1 day Thanksgiving Gas Prices At 3-Year High
  • 1 day Iraq’s Giant Majnoon Oilfield Attracts Attention Of Supermajors
  • 1 day South Iraq Oil Exports Close To Record High To Offset Kirkuk Drop
  • 1 day Iraqi Forces Find Mass Graves In Oil Wells Near Kirkuk
  • 1 day Chevron Joint Venture Signs $1.7B Oil, Gas Deal In Nigeria
  • 2 days Iraq Steps In To Offset Falling Venezuela Oil Production
  • 2 days ConocoPhillips Sets Price Ceiling For New Projects
  • 4 days Shell Oil Trading Head Steps Down After 29 Years
  • 4 days Higher Oil Prices Reduce North American Oil Bankruptcies
  • 4 days Statoil To Boost Exploration Drilling Offshore Norway In 2018
  • 4 days $1.6 Billion Canadian-US Hydropower Project Approved
  • 4 days Venezuela Officially In Default
  • 5 days Iran Prepares To Export LNG To Boost Trade Relations
  • 5 days Keystone Pipeline Leaks 5,000 Barrels Into Farmland
  • 5 days Saudi Oil Minister: Markets Will Not Rebalance By March
  • 5 days Obscure Dutch Firm Wins Venezuelan Oil Block As Debt Tensions Mount
  • 5 days Rosneft Announces Completion Of World’s Longest Well
  • 5 days Ecuador Won’t Ask Exemption From OPEC Oil Production Cuts
  • 5 days Norway’s $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Proposes To Ditch Oil Stocks
  • 6 days Ecuador Seeks To Clear Schlumberger Debt By End-November
  • 6 days Santos Admits It Rejected $7.2B Takeover Bid
  • 6 days U.S. Senate Panel Votes To Open Alaskan Refuge To Drilling
  • 6 days Africa’s Richest Woman Fired From Sonangol
  • 6 days Oil And Gas M&A Deal Appetite Highest Since 2013
  • 6 days Russian Hackers Target British Energy Industry
  • 6 days Venezuela Signs $3.15B Debt Restructuring Deal With Russia
  • 6 days DOJ: Protestors Interfering With Pipeline Construction Will Be Prosecuted
  • 7 days Lower Oil Prices Benefit European Refiners
  • 7 days World’s Biggest Private Equity Firm Raises $1 Billion To Invest In Oil
  • 7 days Oil Prices Tank After API Reports Strong Build In Crude Inventories
  • 7 days Iraq Oil Revenue Not Enough For Sustainable Development
  • 7 days Sudan In Talks With Foreign Oil Firms To Boost Crude Production
Europe’s Toxic Radiation Cloud Remains A Mystery

Europe’s Toxic Radiation Cloud Remains A Mystery

Last month’s mysterious radiation cloud…

China Is The World’s Biggest Energy Market Mover

China Is The World’s Biggest Energy Market Mover

China is the foremost consumer…

James Burgess

James Burgess

James Burgess studied Business Management at the University of Nottingham. He has worked in property development, chartered surveying, marketing, law, and accounts. He has also…

More Info

Russian Space Agency Looks to Build a Solar Power Plant in Space

Russian Space Agency Looks to Build a Solar Power Plant in Space

The idea of collecting solar power in space and transmitting it to earth is not a new one. The idea has been popular for decades because solar panels in space would be far more efficient than those based on Earth, due to the lack of clouds, or disturbance by the ozone layer.

Russian scientists have proposed the construction of a giant solar-power space-station which would orbit the earth. The idea was put forth by none other than the Central Scientific Research Institute for Engineering, part of the Russian Space Agency.

American Peter Glaser first conveyed the idea of space based solar power back in 1968 when he suggested that solar panels covering an area of several square kilometres could collect solar energy and convert it into electricity, from where it could then be transmitted to the Earth’s surface via the medium of microwaves.

Related article: New Super Thin Solar Cell Reduces Silicon Wastage by 95%

The Russian plan is very similar except they will use lasers rather than microwaves. Unfortunately no laser currently exists that has enough power, so the Russians propose to use many infrared lasers spread across the area of the panels, with the intention of combining their radiation to create a powerful enough laser beam to transfer the electricity to Earth.

Academic Alexander Zheleznyakov is supportive of the idea, suggesting further study. “If energy from space is cheaper, it is beneficial because Earth has been experiencing an energy deficit. There is a need to think of the future. We are building power plants on Earth, and if we can build a solar power station in space, we should not miss this opportunity.”

The US, Japan, Europe, and China are also planning to build solar power stations in space around 2030-2040.

By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment
  • Yaniv on March 07 2013 said:
    Sounds like a cover story for space-based weapons. This simply doesn't make sense on the economics--the cost of getting tons of payload up there and the vulnerability of space equipment spread across a wide area to earth-orbiting debris--and it likely never will.

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News