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Harnessing Space Solar Power: The Future of Sustainable Energy Solutions

Meeting the Energy Demands of the Future with Space Solar Power

The global demand for energy is at an all-time high. Traditional energy sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas are not only struggling to meet this demand but are also harmful to the environment. This necessitates a shift towards more sustainable and eco-friendly power generation options.

One promising solution is space solar power systems.

The Potential of Space Solar Power

Solar power is a clean, inexhaustible energy source with growing practical applications. Unlike fossil fuels, it doesn't pollute and can significantly reduce our dependency on electricity, oil, and natural gas.

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Space solar power systems leverage satellites orbiting 36,000 kilo-meters above Earth. These satellites capture solar energy, converting sunlight into lasers or microwaves. These beams are then transmitted wirelessly to Earth, where they are converted into electricity. This method is particularly efficient because the satellites are unaffected by atmospheric conditions and can collect solar energy almost 24/7, receiving about ten times more energy per unit area than ground-based solar panels.

Beyond Energy Transmission

The potential applications of space solar technology extend beyond simple energy transmission. It can provide power for mobile devices like drones and electric vehicles, support microgrids, and supply electricity to remote islands and disaster evacuation center's.

Overcoming Challenges in Wireless Power Transmission

NTT is at the forefront of research and development in wireless power transmission from space. Given that laser wavelengths are much shorter than microwaves, NTT is exploring the use of lasers for long-distance power transmission without the diffraction issues that typically affect microwaves.

Utilizing its cutting-edge all-photonics network (APN) and photoelectric conversion technologies, NTT is on the verge of achieving efficient, ultra-long-distance wireless power transmission.

Key Technologies for Space Solar Power

There are three main technologies essential for generating space solar power:

  1. Efficient Sunlight-to-Laser Conversion: NTT is developing a system that directly uses sunlight to excite a special crystal, efficiently generating laser beams, bypassing the conventional method of using solar cells for power generation.
  2. Accurate Laser Propagation: While lasers can be transmitted over long distances more effectively than microwaves, they still face diffraction challenges over 36,000 kilo-meters. NTT is researching optical systems with deep focal depths to counteract these effects and maintain beam precision despite atmospheric turbulence.
  3. High-Efficiency Laser-to-Energy Conversion: Unlike sunlight, laser light consists of a single wavelength. NTT is working on solar cells that are highly efficient at converting this specific wavelength. Additionally, since about half of the laser energy converts to heat, NTT is exploring methods to store this energy as hydrogen or ammonia through thermochemical reactions, rather than directly converting it to electricity.

Innovating for a Sustainable Future

NTT's research into space solar power is paving the way for a future where energy is both smart and sustainable. By harnessing these advanced technologies, NTT aims to improve the well-being of both people and the planet, ensuring a greener and more energy-secure future.


The urgent need for sustainable energy solutions is driving innovative advancements in technology. Space solar power systems represent a groundbreaking approach to meeting this demand, offering a clean, reliable, and abundant energy source. By harnessing the sun's energy from space and overcoming the challenges of wireless power transmission, companies like NTT are making significant strides towards a future where our energy needs are met sustainably.

Through efficient sunlight-to-laser conversion, precise laser propagation, and high-efficiency energy conversion, space solar power holds the promise of transforming how we generate and distribute energy. The potential applications are vast, from powering mobile devices and electric vehicles to supporting remote areas and disaster response efforts.

NTT's dedication to researching and developing these technologies underscores a commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship. As we look towards a future shaped by smart, sustainable energy, space solar power systems stand out as a beacon of hope, paving the way for a healthier planet and a more secure energy landscape for generations to come.

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