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Introducing Project Solaris – Towards the Conception of a Distributed Solar Energy Harvester

20 Feb 2015, 10:34 UTC
Introducing Project Solaris – Towards the Conception of a Distributed Solar Energy Harvester
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[logo for Project Solaris by Nembo Buldrini]
Energy from the Sun
When it comes to space exploration, energy supplying is surely one of the most limiting issues. Our Sun is the largest energy source in our solar system and probably will stay unrivaled for the next several centuries. The amount of power it radiates is daunting, and being able to manage even a fraction of it would enable a huge step forward in space exploration and exploitation.

[Image Credit: Nembo Buldrini]

All we Need is a Large Mirror…
Other forms of energy production methods are expected to be developed over the next decades, the most anticipated of them being controlled nuclear fusion. However, the Sun is already producing about 1026 J every second. Being able to manage a given amount of this power means finding a way to direct and concentrate light radiation. In other words, we need a large mirror or refractor: let’s call it, in general, a light deflector. Several space mirror concepts have been designed and tested in space: all of them rely on the use of a metalized continuous surface kept in place by scaffolding material structures (for example: Znamya 2). While the design ...

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