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Solar energy in Space

Solar energy in Space

This is a short article, aiming to inform our audience, about the progress concerning solar energy in space and the growth of our company which is moving forward into the aerospace industry.

One of the latest topics, is about a possible solar-space station in the near future. This is the question that many scientists are trying to give a solution. Over seven decades ago in 1941, Isaac Asimov was the first one, who wrote a short story “Reason” regarding the collection of solar power in space and the transmission of it via microwave beam to planets from a space station. Apparently, there are the bases to make it happen, and this could be the solution for our planet to reduce pollution and create a green-space environment.Since the space is not affected by any weather conditions, the solar-space station will capture the sun’s energy and transmit it back to Earth. This system will allow distributing the power also to those countries which receive usually less sunlight during the year.

Hopefully, they will be able to test it in space within a couple of years. But for the time being, we at Flisom are proud to make progress in the aerospace sector by launching new PV systems. The aerospace is the field where the unique features of our solar film reach new heights. Our technology is based on the CIGS film, which in its unencapsulated version is only 54g/ m2 or 2400 W/kg. This provides an energy density (Wh/kg) at working conditions in space that is higher than what is contained in rocket fuel!

Our main competitive advantages are:

• Flexibility: our modules can be rolled even on a 1cm diameter, easily to be integrated in innovative deployment systems

• Lightweight: we can provide encapsulated modules as light at 80g/m2

• Resistance to impact: if our module is damaged, it will only be affected that area, while the rest of the module will keep working as usual

• Resistance to thermo-cycling, UV, radiation, vacuum

Even though there is still a lot of work to do, soon the solar energy could become the first source of energy for the planet. This is one of the reasons why Flisom is trying to shape the future of solar with his innovative technology.