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2010-04-06 03:00:00

LONDON, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the solar power industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH (AZUR SPACE) with the "2009 World Solar Power Industry Growth Leadership Award." AZUR SPACE has carved a niche for itself in the field of space and terrestrial solar cell applications by providing high-performance solar cells. The company's Si and GaAs solar cells are renowned for their unmatched quality and efficiency rates. In fact, AZUR...

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2010-01-20 07:35:00

EADS Astrium is looking for partners to help demonstrate a solar power mission in orbit, reported BBC News. According to EADS Astrium, Europe's largest space company, the satellite system would gather energy from the Sun and send it to Earth by using an infrared laser to provide electricity. While solar power in space has been the subject of discussion for more than 30 years, cost, efficiency and safety have been points keeping it from becoming a reality. However, Astrium believes the...

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2009-11-09 06:35:00

Japan's space agency is serious when they say by 2030, they want to collect solar power in space and zap it down to Earth, using laser beams or microwaves. Japan has been a long time leader in solar and other renewable energies. With few energy resources of its own, this year they set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. But Japan's undaunted plan to date is the Space Solar Power System, in which arrays of photovoltaic dishes several square miles in size would hover in geostationary...

2009-07-13 14:42:00

NEW YORK, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Switzerland Trade and Investment Promotion USA (STIP) launched a new program on July 10 promoting green technologies from Switzerland for the United States under the brand Swiss Greentech. The initiative was announced at the "Green Tech in a Global Marketplace" seminar in San Francisco organized by STIP and swissnex. Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard, Vice President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of Switzerland's Federal Department of Economic Affairs,...

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2009-01-06 07:30:00

A space elevator prototype, featuring a broomstick, has shaken up scientists' approach to the century-old idea. In December, Age-Raymond Riise of the European Space Agency demonstrated the device for the space elevator project which could see a nearly 63,000 mile tether anchored to Earth as an "elevator" into space. The idea, which was demonstrated at a recent space elevator conference, could solve many complicated hurdles, but still leaves much to be answered. The space elevator concept was...

2008-09-17 16:56:38

Nuclear power could make a comeback beyond Earth if NASA goes forward with a proposed a fission reactor in its future moon base. A fission-powered system could generate up to 40 kilowatts and give any lunar outpost enough power to supply eight houses on Earth. More importantly, astronauts will require a reliable and steady energy source on the moon and Mars. "The problem with power on the moon is that, depending on where you're located, you may have 14 days of darkness," said Lee...

2008-09-16 03:00:21

By Brekke, Pal Space exploration is more than daring astronauts and thrilling astronomy. It has practical applications that are becoming increasingly apparent. Norway is a small but important space nation that envisions playing a larger role in this exploration than do most countries. NORWAY HAS A LONG TRADITION AS A SPACE NATION, IN no small measure due to its northern position on the globe. Kristian Birkeland's famous Terrella experiment in 1896 in which he created synthetic northern...

2008-09-12 17:03:37

This story was updated at 3:13 p.m. EDT. WASHINGTON — A former NASA scientist has used radio waves to transmit solar power a distance of 92 miles (148 km) between two Hawaiian islands, an achievement that he says proves the technology exists to beam solar power from satellites back to Earth. John C. Mankins demonstrated the solar power transmission for the Discovery Channel, which paid for the four month experiment and will broadcast the results Friday at 9 p.m. EDT. His...

2008-07-31 03:00:40

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/06b940/the_future_of_sola) has announced the addition of the "The Future of Solar Power: Key Technologies and Drivers for a Solar Future" report to their offering. This report analyses the future of solar power generation- It looks at the key technologies, and examines the efficiency and economics of the different solar power generation systems. It looks specifically at a range off issues affecting the costs, efficiency and...

2008-07-24 06:01:00

By O. Glenn Smith As America faces $4.50 a gallon gas, we also know that alternative energy sources - coal, oil shale, ethanol, wind and ground-based solar - are either of limited potential, very expensive, require huge energy storage systems or harm the environment. There is, however, one potential future energy source that is environmentally friendly, has essentially unlimited potential and can be cost competitive with any renewable source: space solar power. Science fiction? Actually,...


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