INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON
ENERGY FROM SPACE FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
Energy sustainability, that is,
ensuring the energy needs of the present without compromising the energy
requirements of the future generations, is an urgent matter facing the present
generation of scientists, engineers and politicians, as we are already facing an
energy crises at our doorstep. Presently available renewable energy sources such
as conventional solar or wind power can satisfy only a portion of today’s needs.
One of the best alternatives is to supply energy from space. The conversion of
solar energy in space to usable power on Earth is the most plausible global
alternative to nuclear power plants.
A variety of the significant aspects of Solar Power Satellites (SPS) technologies like solar cells and wireless power transmission have been investigated by researches. During the last three decades the study of this technology has been one of the priority directions of investigations of the space agencies, universities and worldwide industry entities, mostly because the industrialization and urbanization have sharply increased power consumption. Therefore, the finite energy sources may soon past their peak availability. An obvious solution to the problem is to utilize terrestrial renewable energy sources to the maximum extent possible by developing SPS as a worldwide twenty-four hours a day energy supply.
The workshop is intended to provide an
international forum for the exchange of experiences and sharing of ideas in the
technologies to capture energy from the space, which is one of the dimensions of
During the workshop,
i- capturing solar power directly and beaming it to Earth, and
ii- obtaining fuel (for fusion) from extraterrestrial bodies will be discussed from theoretical and technological points of the view.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the
Solar Power Satellites (SPS)
- Lunar Power System (LPS)
- Helium 3 from the Moon for Earth-Based Fusion
- Solutions for the single high energy beam problem.
- Instrumentation, design tools, specific problems and solutions
- Opportunities for international cooperation
- Space quantum motor
- Space Power Generators (SPG)
Academicians, engineers, technical managers and planners coming from space organizations, industry and universities, and working in energy related space programs are the intended audience.
Prospective attendees are encauraged to
make contributions by submitting the summary of their proposed papers
electronically through the web site.