posted on Mar, 2 2013 @ 02:45 PM
Originally posted by Lady_Tuatha
reply to post by ForwardDrift
Well at the minute they seem to be talking about beaming energy down from solar power plants via microwaves ( i dont know the indepth process I just
know what was said in the interview in the link i posted). I think that will be something that could pay for itself over time, agreed the initial
cost would be high to build such power plants in space but instead of bleeding this planet dry and wrecking havoc on the environment whilst doing so i
think this could be a viable alternative.
Hmmm, yeah that is a possibility, but the logistical, technical and energy investment costs of such an adventure are almost, if not more, imposing
than a moon-resource adventure. There are a lot of engineering and physical factors to consider, such as cost of transporting construction material
into space (which isn't cheap), the return on the actual energy investment (which surprisingly isn't as high as you might expect), panel maintenance
costs (due to space-based hazard), and the loss of captured energy due to atmospheric diffraction and geosynchronous logistical issues. The
summation of all these costs make the actual energy return on investment diminishing.
This guy provides a a much more detailed and technical analysis of what I'm describing.
I realize I must sound like a stick-in-the-mud at this point, but I often think that reporters do the public a disservice when they make articles like
this while glossing over the huge hurtles of such a project.
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