Tons of Mirrors, an energy company focused on making solar more affordable and accessible, plans to make sunlight visible 24 hours a day. Company CEO Ben Nowack is a 26-year-old tech innovator who previously worked with Space X. Nowack has plans to install a special setup in space, which includes large mirrors that can redirect sunlight to solar panels on Earth at night.
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Nowack said as I mentioned deputy. “What I’m building is bigger than any of the markets they have right now. If this is the electric solution, say, in 200 years this replaces fossil fuels, its market is $17 trillion.”
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The setup will be located on the International Space Station (ISS) to facilitate 24-hour access to solar energy. It will float in space while reflecting enough sunlight back to Earth to make it easier to capture solar energy. The idea of orbiting solar inverters was first presented to the Senate in 1977. Since then, many scientists have been toying with this idea.
Researchers at the University of Glasgow are currently working on a large-scale satellite solar inverter technology that would enable large-scale solar farms to have access to sunlight at night. China has also announced plans to launch satellites into space. Reflective objects are said to contain enough light that can replace street lighting by the end of this year.
According to Nowak, his initial idea was to obtain an infinitely long evacuated tube containing mirrors directed at sunlight into space. However, he revised the idea due to its size and the resources it required. With his current idea, a large wave of particle or light can be narrowed into a single beam.
Although the idea is good, Noack has some challenges that the company is still trying to solve. It is currently trying to reduce the cost, create a large space in the space required for setup and fundraising.
“It’s a massive national security risk if China gets 10 or 100 times cheaper electricity than the United States,” he said, pointing to the geopolitical challenges of cheap clean energy going forward.
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