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Harnessing high altitude solar power

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As an intermediate solution between Glaser's satellite solar power (SSP) and ground-based photovoltaic (PV) panels, this paper examines the collection of solar energy using a high-altitude aerostatic platform. A procedure to calculate the irradiance in the medium/high troposphere, based on experimental data, is described. The results show that here a PV system could collect about four to six times the energy collected by a typical U.K.-based ground installation, and between one-third and half of the total energy the same system would collect if supported by a geostationary satellite (SSP). The concept of the aerostat for solar power generation is then briefly described together with the equations that link its main engineering parameters/variables. A preliminary sizing of a facility stationed at 6 km altitude and its costing, based on realistic values of the input engineering parameters, is then presented.

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Aglietti, G.S, Redi, S., Tatnall, A.R. and Markvart, T. (2009) Harnessing high altitude solar power IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 24, (2), pp. 442-451. (doi:10.1109/TEC.2009.2016026).

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Published date: 2009
Organisations: Astronautics Group

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Local EPrints ID: 69761
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/69761
ISSN: 0885-8969
PURE UUID: c7da7cfe-56e7-47e2-86f6-8ec0c8227c79

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Date deposited: 03 Dec 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:06

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Author: G.S Aglietti
Author: S. Redi
Author: A.R. Tatnall
Author: T. Markvart

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