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Can Power from Space Compete?

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  • Macauley, Molly

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    (Resources for the Future)

  • Darmstadter, Joel

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    (Resources for the Future)

  • Fini, John
  • Greenberg, Joel
  • Maulbetsch, John
  • Schaal, A. Michael
  • Styles, Geoffrey
  • Vedda, James

Abstract

Satellite solar power (SSP) has been suggested as an alternative to terrestrial energy resources for electricity generation. In this study, we consider the market for electricity from the present to 2020, roughly the year when many experts expect SSP to be technically achievable. We identify several key challenges for SSP in competing with conventional electricity generation in developed and developing countries, discuss the role of market and economic analysis as technical development of SSP continues during the coming years, and suggest future research directions to improve understanding of the potential economic viability of SSP.

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Paper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-00-16.

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  1. Austin, David & Macauley, Molly, 2000. "Estimating Future Consumer Welfare Gains from Innovation: The Case of Digital Data Storage," Discussion Papers dp-00-13, Resources For the Future.
  2. Burtraw, Dallas & Krupnick, Alan, 1996. "The Social Cost of Electricity: Do the Numbers Add Up?," Discussion Papers dp-96-30, Resources For the Future.
  3. Dailami, Mansoor & Leipziger, Danny, 1998. "Infrastructure Project Finance and Capital Flows: A New Perspective," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 26(7), pages 1283-1298, July.
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  1. Macauley, Molly & Davis, James, 2001. "An Economic Assessment of Space Solar Power as a Source of Electricity for Space-Based Activities," Discussion Papers dp-01-46, Resources For the Future.
  2. Newell, Richard & Wilson, Nathan, 2005. "Technology Prizes for Climate Change Mitigation," Discussion Papers dp-05-33, Resources For the Future.

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