Space solar power station to supply electricity to India

2008-05-31 15:47:23 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - India News Technology News)

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London, England (Caymanmama.com) — CNN reported that in and around the Indian state of Gujarat, there is a large number of villages which do not have electricity and it is quite intermittent if available at all. Pranav Mehta, the director of the India Operations for the Space Island Group, said that in order to empower the villages, energy is one of the basic things that they need.

By the year 2030, the Planning Commission of India has estimated that they will need to generate 700,000 mw additional power for fulfilling the energy demands keeping in view the growing population and expanding economy of the nation. Dozens of projects are under their way to be take shape soon. Yet Pranav Mehta has a solution to meet the chronic shortage of electricity in India and it involves satellites that will gather sunlight rather than power plants.

These satellites will be placed in the geo-synchronous orbits around 22,000 miles and will electro-magnetically beam the solar energy gigawatts to the ground receivers that will be converted into electricity and supplied to the power grids. Since the satellites placed in the earth’s orbit can remain unaffected by its shadow throughout the year, these satellites will be able to provide renewable electricity round the clock. The idea of a space solar power station was introduced by Peter Glaser, an American scientist, in the year 1968.



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