Images of Research: Innovation for the global good

Power to the people

Category: Closing the loop

A mock-up of a solar panel in space sending energy back to Earth

Although beaming solar power gathered in space, back to Earth, could present humanity with an unlimited supply of clean energy and provide disaster relief on demand, no demonstration projects have ever occurred to date. In collaboration with SPACE Canada, a small demonstration mission will be designed as a proof of concept for the technology with aims to launch into orbit by the mid-2020s, providing power to land-dwelling communities in Northern Canada.

Entrant: Andrew Wilson , Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering

Copyright: Andrew Wilson

Funding: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) / SPACE Canada

Collaborators: Peter McGinty


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