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ASU researcher innovates solar energy technology in space

ASU researcher innovates solar energy technology in space

By 2050 we’re going to have global broadband internet satellite networks, in-orbit manufacturing, space tourism, asteroid mining, and lunar and Mars bases.

More than a gigawatt of solar energy will be needed to power these activities, or the equivalent of 3.125 million photovoltaic panels. However, because it is currently the most expensive component on a satellite, scientists are looking for ways to make solar energy in space affordable — and to keep solar power systems from degrading so quickly in the extremely harsh environment of space.

Arizona State University postdoctoral researcher Stanislau “Stas” Herasimenka thinks he has the solution to provide cost-effective and efficient, next-generation solar power for space application

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October 2, 2018