Solar panel satellite could beam a THIRD of humanity's power to Earth by 2025, claims former Nasa engineer

A cocktail glass-shaped satellite that could provide a third of the world's required energy by 2025 is being developed by Nasa. The design was created by Dr John Mankins who was commissioned by Nasa to explore the possibility of using solar panels in space to send energy to Earth. What Dr Mankins came up with was an incredible floating satellite named the SPS-ALPHA, or Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array. n a recent interview with  Becky Ferreria at Motherboard , Dr Mankins claimed that, depending on funding, SPS-ALPHA could be launched by as early as 2025. 'A single solar power satellite would deliver power to on the order of a third of humanity—not all at the same time, but any of that market could, in principle, be addressed,' he said. The technology would mean that energy would beamed down to Earth where power stations would pick it up and farm it out to customers. The system would be made up of thousands of thin, curved mirror-like pieces which could move around to ensure that they picked up as much sun as possible. The inside of the SPS-ALPHA would also be lined with photovaltic panels which convert the sun’s energy into microwaves. These microwaves would then be beamed down to Earth out of the bottom end of the ‘cocktail glass’.

Solar Exchange to Unveil Global Solar Marketplace

Cloud-based platform spawns global trade hub for entire solar value chain

SOLON Taps Industry Veterans to Lead Project Finance Group, Procurement and Acquisitions

Accomplished solar leaders join company as it marks one year of expanding team, project pipeline

PVinsights : Polysilicon price should have continuous upside but more moderate at the end of Aug.

Polysilicon price should perform 1-3.5% increase next week. The market dealing price of polysilicon in the spot market is elevating from RMB130/kg and gradually reaching RMB135/kg. Some polysilicon suppliers have already raised the price quote to RMB140/kg.

JinkoSolar to Supply 23MW PV Modules to Swinerton Builders for California Solar Farm

Swinerton will utilize JinkoSolar's 300W 72 cells high-efficiency PV modules in its construction of the Westland Solar Farms, LLC ground-mounted solar plant in Fresno County, California.

Sol Systems Named #91 in Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine

An exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

Trina Solar Retains Top Rank on SVTC's Solar Scorecard

SVTC's Solar Scorecard aims to improve PV manufacturers' environmental and social practices and promote improved environmental reporting in the industry.

ReneSola Panels Power New 2 MW Solar PV Facility in California

EcoPlexus-developed Facility Eligible for Power Purchase Under Schedule E-SRG

Bechtel Completes Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Power Project

Catalina Solar Photovoltaic Generating Facility Will Power Estimated 35,000 Homes

FIAT Picks AeroVironment to Supply and Install Home Charging Stations for the All-New, All-Electric Fiat 500e

AeroVironment turns 500e drivers' garages into home "filling stations" with one-stop convenience including charging station, electrical installation and three-year warranty---- FIAT is the fifth major car manufacturer to choose AeroVironment as its preferred home electric refueling station provider---- AeroVironment has deployed more than 12,000 charging stations across North America

EmPower Solar to Send Student Competition Winners to U.S. Solar Decathlon

Long Island Teens Place First in Solar Competition, Winning Scholarships, Trip to California

Renewable Energy Accounts for Nearly 50% of Added Capacity in US in 2012

Ernst & Young LLP releases latest edition of the US Attractiveness Indices.

Murrieta Solar Company HelioPower Announces Move to a Larger Location

The New Office Is Twice as Large, Which Allows the Company to Better Serve Its Growing Customer Base

Solar Thin Films, Inc Announces First Solar Tracker Installation at Golf Course

The unique feature of the Tracker is that the solar panel changes position in response to the movement of the sun in relation to the earth; in essence, following the sun's path.

The Enphase System Powers Team Capitol DC in 2013 Solar Decathlon

Students of sustainability develop Enphase-powered home ideal for the wounded American veteran

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