- Space Utilities
- Power Beaming
Resources - Energy
Space Solar Power
- Wireless Power Transfer
- First launch
- Not announced
Emrod is thrilled to announce that we have been accepted into ESA BIC, the business incubation program of the European Space Agency. Emrod has joined ESA BIC Bavaria and has set up an office in the AZO HQ, Munich, Germany, close to our colleagues at DLR, Airbus, OHB and other leading aerospace organisations.
New Zealand company Emrod says it's got the technology to enable efficient wireless energy transfer from orbit. It's proposing a global wireless energy matrix, which would instantly beam renewable energy via satellite between any two points on Earth.
Emrod is looking at another proposal that would place satellites in much lower orbits closer to 100 km (62 miles) – those would only need to be 30-40 m (100-130 ft) across, and thus much cheaper to build and launch. But they wouldn't transmit as far across the globe, and they'd be traveling so fast and so close to the Earth that there'd be considerable air friction to contend with.
A global wireless power grid that can efficiently link any two points on Earth – with much smaller terrestrial infrastructure, and without cutting great strips out of forests – would indeed be a game-changing leap forward in the global transition to clean energy. Cities would need far less energy storage to firm up their power grids – a huge advantage giving the coming lithium squeeze – and colossal solar farms could make productive use of some of the most remote and barren deserts on Earth. It's a heck of an ambition, and we look forward to following Emrod's progress.
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