Space Solar Energy: Truly Beyond Petroleum

BP-solarA few days ago I posted a press release from Howard Bloom trumpeting Space Solar Energy as “Unspillable” and endorsed by Buzz Aldrin. Here’s more from Howard and the Space Development Steering Committee:

On Tuesday June 15th President Barack Obama pointed to an energy future in which alternative sources, “ingenious” sources will replace the oil that is now spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

China and Germany already dominate the traditional green energies. But there is one energy technology in which America leads the world–solar power from space.

Buzz Aldrin and 20 other experts in the space community have urged the president to put space solar power on his energy agenda.

As Mr. Obama points out, “Each day, we send nearly $1 billion of our wealth to foreign countries for their oil.” Solar power harvested in space can turn America into a net energy exporter.

Obama says, “Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny.”

“The one answer I will not settle for is the idea that this challenge is too big and too difficult to meet.”

Solar power harvested in space is the one challenge that can do the most to radically change this nation’s destiny.

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Howard Bloom
Author of: The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism (“an extraordinary book, exhilaratingly-written and masterfully-researched. I couldn’t put it down.”) James Burke; The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History (“mesmerizing”-The Washington Post); and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the 21st Century (“reassuring and sobering”-The New Yorker), and How I Accidentally Started The Sixties (“a monumental, epic, glorious literary achievement.” Timothy Leary).
Former Core Faculty Member, The Graduate Institute; Former Visiting Scholar-Graduate Psychology Department, New York University. Founder: International Paleopsychology Project; Founder, Space Development Steering Committee; Founder: The Group Selection Squad; Founding Board Member: Epic of Evolution Society; Founding Board Member, The Darwin Project; Member Of Board Of Governors, National Space Society; Founder: The Big Bang Tango Media Lab; member: New York Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Society, Academy of Political Science, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, International Society for Human Ethology, Scientific Advisory Board Member, Lifeboat Foundation; Advisory Board Member: The Buffalo Film Festival. Special advisor: Retirement Investment Industry Association.

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  • Anonymous

    So, now we suddenly have the means to “beam” huge amounts of energy safely through the atmosphere?

    Uh, didn’t Tesla have a similar idea that proved impractical for so many reasons? Tesla had alot of great ideas, but this wasn’t one of them. Without a physical connection, such as wires, the energy would have to travel down to earth in the form of an arc (like lightning, continuous or pulsing). For this to occur, huge amounts of energy would be required just to initiate such an arc from out in space. The arc itself is simply the ionization of the particles that make up air, creating a path of current flow to a point of lesser potential, in this case, recieving stations on the earth . This process would create ozone in large quantities, huge amounts of electrical noise and radio interference and probably increase your chances of “lightning” strike significantly, as it would be difficult, if not impossible to guarantee that the recieving station would be the only point that would recieve the energy. Arcing over such a distance would be unpredictable to say the least. The effect on the atmosphere could cause freakish weather changes and ozone build up in the lower atmosphere (where the poison doesn’t belong) -cough!!
    Tesla never successfully used this idea for power transmission, but it made a good addition to use in radio technology.

    Unless they have developed some kind of Star Trek style “focused beam technology”, this idea is a really bad one……

  • GoodDoktorBad

    So, now we suddenly have the means to “beam” huge amounts of energy safely through the atmosphere?

    Uh, didn;t Tesla have a similar idea that proved impractical for so many reasons? Tesla had alot of great ideas, but this wasn't one of them. Without a physical connection, such as wires, the energy would have to travel down to earth in the form of an arc (like lightning, continuous or pulsing). For this to occur, huge amounts of energy would be required just to initiate such an arc from out in space. The arc itself is simply the ionization of the particles that make up air, creating a path of current flow to a point of lesser potential, in this case, recieving stations on the earth . This process would create ozone in large quantities, huge amounts of electrical noise and radio interference and probably increase your chances of “lightning” strike significantly. The effect on the atmosphere could cause freakish weather changes and ozone build up in the lower atmosphere (where the poison doesn't belong) -cough!!
    Tesla never successfully used this idea for power transmission, but it made a good addition to use in radio technology.

    Unless they have developed some kind of Star Trek style “focused beam technology”, this idea is a really bad one……

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7MF6IJUR47PYBC6OLGCYFUCONQ Phred

      They use microwaves to transmit the power to a rectenna (antenna rectifier) to convert back to electricity.  The beam is spread out over an area so that it will not harm animals or aircraft.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    So, now we suddenly have the means to “beam” huge amounts of energy safely through the atmosphere?

    Uh, didn't Tesla have a similar idea that proved impractical for so many reasons? Tesla had alot of great ideas, but this wasn't one of them. Without a physical connection, such as wires, the energy would have to travel down to earth in the form of an arc (like lightning, continuous or pulsing). For this to occur, huge amounts of energy would be required just to initiate such an arc from out in space. The arc itself is simply the ionization of the particles that make up air, creating a path of current flow to a point of lesser potential, in this case, recieving stations on the earth . This process would create ozone in large quantities, huge amounts of electrical noise and radio interference and probably increase your chances of “lightning” strike significantly, as it would be difficult, if not impossible to guarantee that the recieving station would be the only point that would recieve the energy. Arcing over such a distance would be unpredictable to say the least. The effect on the atmosphere could cause freakish weather changes and ozone build up in the lower atmosphere (where the poison doesn't belong) -cough!!
    Tesla never successfully used this idea for power transmission, but it made a good addition to use in radio technology.

    Unless they have developed some kind of Star Trek style “focused beam technology”, this idea is a really bad one……

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7MF6IJUR47PYBC6OLGCYFUCONQ Phred

    They use microwaves to transmit the power to a rectenna (antenna rectifier) to convert back to electricity.  The beam is spread out over an area so that it will not harm animals or aircraft.

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