Tomorrow's Energy: Power from Inner and Outer Space

by Jerry Grey, Administrator; Public Policy, American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 17-33

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The only two solar energy systems having base load capability (i.e., no energy storage or backup requirement) are space-based solar power plants and ocean thermal energy conversion systems. Although both appear costly in today's economic environment, they are both fundamentally practical concepts for serious consideration now, in preparation for early 21st-century deployment.

Subject Headings: Solar power | Thermal power | Power plants | Energy conversion | Thermal loads | Load factors | Energy storage | Space colonies |

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