On the possibility of space generated solar electricity for the Antarctic

Document identifier: oai:dalea.du.se:1107
Keyword: Rymdkraftverk, Antarktis
Publication year: 1991
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A space based solar power plant could be placed in a geostationary orbit 36000 km above the earth's equator. A receiving station must be north of 81.3 degrees latitude south for the satellite to be above horizon. Large areas of the Antarctic are substantially above this latitude. Since such a solution would be much more environmentally benign than land-based fossil or nuclear fuel power plants, it is proposed that the first space power plant is built for this specific purpose.


Lars Broman

Högskolan Dalarna; Miljöteknik
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