The following links are to various sites that discuss the
alternative of space solar power (SSP) or solar power satellites
(SPS). The concept is to collect solar energy in space and beam it
to points on Earth and perhaps to other receivers in space.
Solar Power — National Space Society.
Moon as a Solar Power Satellite — Space Future
Lunar Solar Power —
Organization to promote it.
Power Satellite — Wikipedia.
Space Studies Institute — Organization
that promotes the Gerard K. O'Neill concept.
Power Satellites: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, by Seth
Potter — Research Scientist, New York University.
the Solar Power Satellite, by Geoffrey A.
Landis — National Aeronautics and Space
Plans To Launch Solar Power Station In Space By 2040, by
Takahiro Fukada — Space Daily.
is SPS? — Kyoto University Space Group.
Based Solar Power Lights Up Japan's Energy Future, by
Steve Levenstein, February 12th, 2008 — Report on
program of JAXA, Japan's space agency.
Fresh Look at Space Solar Power: New Architectures, Concepts,
and Technologies, by John C. Mankins — Space
Study of A Solar Power Satellite, SPS 2000, by Makoto
Nagatomo, Susumu Sasaki, Yoshihiro Naruo — Space
White Paper on Solar Power Satellite (SPS) Systems, URSI
(International Union of Radio Science).
Microwave Power Transmission & Solar Power Satellite
Systems, by Aruvian Research, April
2008 — Report from Research and Markets
Power Satellite Report: "No Showstoppers", by Frederick
Osborn, Jr. — L5 News, February 1981.
May Beat US To Solar Power, by KD Martin, June 18,
2008 — Live Science.
solar power: opposition and obstacles, by Taylor Dinerman,
June 4, 2007 — The Space Review.
of Ralph Nansen before House Science Committee Hearings on
Solar Power Satellites, Statement of Ralph H. Nansen,
President, Solar Space Industries, September 7, 2000.
Power: The Global Solution for the Coming Energy Crisis,
by Ralph Nansen, 1995 — National Space Society.
Power From Space — GreenMuze.
Closes Space-Based Solar Power Purchase Deal — GoodCleanTech.
makes deal for space solar power — MSNBC.
Based Solar Power Satellite Program from PG&E and Solaren
in California — CleanTechnica.
Solar Power Coming to California in 2016 — PhysOrg.com.
colonization — Wikipedia.
elevator — Wikipedia.
space elevator — Liftport Group.
Other alternatives and risks
Resource Depletion —
Problems, alternative solutions, and risks.
proliferation — Wikipedia.
Search for Proliferation-Resistant Nuclear Power, by
Harold Feiveson — Federation of American Scientists
Energy - No Solution to Climate Change — Greenpeace
Risk, Coal, and Higher Electricity Prices — Union
of Concerned Scientists. Why coal-generated electricity will
cost more than utilities claim.
Oil — Gateway to topic.
Fuels: An Energy Technology Perspective , by Dolf Gielen
& Fridtjof Unander — International Energy Agency.
catchers tuned to crank out the juice, by R. Colin
Johnson, — eeTimes. Only a solution during
unclouded daylight hours, as we presently don't have a
comparably efficient way to store that much energy. So, a
supplement but not a full replacement.
Process, by Anne Trafton. — Direct hydrogen
production from photovoltaics. Appears very promising.
Victory, by Robert Zubrin. — Leading space
engineer reviews our energy policy alternatives.