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A search for space energy alternativesThis paper takes a look at a number of schemes for converting radiant energy in space to useful energy for man. These schemes are possible alternatives to the currently most studied solar power satellite concept. Possible primary collection and conversion devices discussed include the space particle flux devices, solar windmills, photovoltaic devices, photochemical cells, photoemissive converters, heat engines, dielectric energy conversion, electrostatic generators, plasma solar collectors, and thermionic schemes. Transmission devices reviewed include lasers and masers.
Document ID
19790032595
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Gilbreath, W. P. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Billman, K. W. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, Calif., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1978
Subject Category
ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Meeting Information
Radiation energy conversion in space; Conference(Moffett Field, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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