Crazy project from Elon Musk’s ex-employee! Will put a mirror in space

Crazy project from Elon Musks ex employee Will put a mirror

Ben Nowack, who previously worked at Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, was on the agenda with his crazy Solar energy project. Nowack has taken action to eliminate one of the biggest hurdles in solar power, which is also seen as one of the main reasons why investors avoid investing in solar panels, that it can only be produced during the day. The 26-year-old young entrepreneur claimed to have developed a method that would allow solar power generation during the night as well. In the method he developed, he used space mirrors.

WE WILL PLACE LARGE MIRRORS AND PRODUCE SOLAR ENERGY AT NIGHT

Former SpaceX engineer Nowack currently serves as CEO of Tons of Mirrors, a company he founded with the vision to replace fossil fuels by making solar power cheaper and more accessible than ever before. Tons of Mirrors plans to place large mirrors on the International Space Station (ISS). Thanks to this installation on the ISS, it aims to direct sunlight to solar panels on Earth during the night.

“17 TRILLION DOLLARS MARKET”

“Today, Solar panels are a $20 billion a year industry,” Ben Nowack told VICE. What I’m building is bigger than any market they have now,” he said, noting that if fossil fuels were to replace them in 200 years, it would be a $17 trillion market.

But the idea of ​​directing sunlight from space to Earth is not a new idea.

FIRST EXAMPLE IN 1977

The idea was first presented in the US Senate in 1977. In the following years, scientists from all over the world tried to demonstrate the technique, but none of them succeeded. Currently, researchers at the University of Glasgow are also working on a reflector technology that will ensure large solar farms have enough sunlight when energy demand is at its highest. Recently, China has announced plans to develop three artificial moons. These will be equipped with mirrors and are said to have the potential to produce enough bright light to replace streetlights in the country.

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Nowack’s initial idea was to surround the Earth with an infinitely long structure that directs sunlight through space using mirrors. But he made some changes in this idea because it was not economical and required plenty of resources and time. His last idea is a structure that uses multiple parabolic mirrors and collimators to divert incoming lights and stop unnecessary lights, rather than creating one large mirror.

TRYING TO SOLVE THE FINANCE ISSUES

Nowack is currently raising money to place collimators on the ISS. It also plans to launch satellites equipped with the same technology into space in the future.

Space-based solar reflector technology brings many challenges. For example, an uncontrolled amount of light directed at Earth can harm plants, animals, and insects.

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