Michael Byers, professor of the Department of Political Science at University British Columbia Vancouver says the biggest problem for this concept can be a matter of time. Space based systems may be possible for decades from now, but terrestrial systems are already capturing fossil fuels for cost and efficiency. "You can put solar panels anywhere. Roofs are the most obvious location, and in some jurisdictions, all new buildings must have solar arrays. Many small projects are better than a few large ones, as they provide greater resistance to equipment failures and weather events," cities.
Hopkins said that price competition from terrestrial utility production is a real problem but not an insurmountable one. As prices fall for solar technology on the ground, they fall to the sun, which will also be used in space. And space-based sunlight – because it can radiate electricity anywhere in the world – can benefit from the huge price difference in the consumer market.
A space-based solar system can target places like Japan or Hawaii, where electricity prices can be four to five times on the mainland, and then they can move to lower electricity markets later when the solar project pays for itself. "It's the military mindset. The money you send to remote military bases can pay for the technology later. There is a return on investment in the future that doesn't require sending power to Los Angeles today."
But the critics are convinced that it is an idea that will remain in Asimov's history.
"The concept of space solar power is and will remain within science fiction for a long time, perhaps forever. Although China or another nation decides to build an SBSP protester, it does not mean that it is a good idea and that it makes economic sense to Do it, "said L de Weck.
National Space Society Director Hopkins said that such thinking – along with the US government's inability to think long-term in planning – could be the greatest risk for everyone. He said the current views in the United States on the subject tend to fall into one of two camps.
"People in the United States tend to look at it as:" At least, the Chinese do it, and if the Chinese do, we will probably do it at some point because we don't want them to lead. "Others say:" If they get it right and we don't, we're in big trouble. "Hopkins added:" One thing the Chinese are really good at is thinking about long term, unlike the American mindset, out of 50 years of these things. They have no trouble thinking that way. When I talk to NASA about something more than 10 years out, they look up in the air and roll their eyes and I'm not invited back. "