Press Esc to close
Thursday 30 October 2014
News updated at 7:06 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

'Kalam-NSS' initiative to tap solar power in space

Last updated: 02 November, 2010
Washington, Nov 2, (PTI):

Former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam and US' prestigious National Space Society are all set to announce their ambitious joint initiative to tap solar power in space, when President Barack Obama visits the country this weekend.

"The 'Kalam-NSS' Energy Initiative is a transformative idea that can up shift the US and Indian economies by meeting the urgent global need for a scalable, carbon-neutral, green, 24-hr renewable power source," CEO of National Space Society (NSS) Mark Hopkins said.

It is a game-changing technology that addresses energy security, sustainable development, climate change, and multinational cooperation, Hopkins said. Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are expected to discuss joint research and development on energy issues during the former's maiden visit to the country.

"I am convinced that harvesting solar power in space can bring India and United States of America together in whole new ways.


"And I am certain that harvesting solar power in space can upgrade the living standard of the human race," Kalam said. Dr T K Alex, Director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and John Mankins, a 25-year NASA veteran, are believed to provide the details via electronic feed.

The popular former Indian president would also address a press conference at NSS via phone on November 4. The next step in the Kalam-NSS Energy Initiative will be a NSS joint Indo-American conference on space solar power at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on May 18-22 next year.

Space solar power has the potential to reverse America's half-a-trillion dollar balance of payments a year deficit and to generate a new generation of American jobs, a media release said, adding that it is a source whose basic technology is already here.

US has been harvesting solar power in space and transmitting it to earth since 1962, when 'Telstar', the first commercial satellite, went up in orbit.. Similarly India has been looking to tap solar energy in space since 1975, when its first satellite, 'Aryabhata A', was introduced, World electricity demand by the year 2035 is projected to increase by 87 per cent.

"By 2050, even if we use every available energy resource we have: clean and dirty, conventional and alternative, solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, coal, oil, and gas, the world will fall short of the energy we need,” Kalam said.

There is an answer… an energy source that produces no carbon emissions, an energy source that can reach to most distant villages of the world, and an energy source that can turn both countries into net energy and technology exporters, the former president added.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Devotees offer prayers during Chhath festival celebrations at Galta Kund in Jaipur...

Devotees offer prayers during Chhath festival celebrations at Galta Kund in Jaipur...

Dipika Pallikal in action against Japan's Misaki Kobayashi in finals of JSW-PSA...

Dipika Pallikal in action against Japan's Misaki Kobayashi in finals of JSW-PSA...

Delhi Dynamos FC (orange) and North East United FC (white) players in action during...

Delhi Dynamos FC (orange) and North East United FC (white) players in action during...

President Pranab Mukherjee during the conference of directors of National Institutes...

President Pranab Mukherjee during the conference of directors of National Institutes...

Army personnel take position during a search operation of Lashkar-e-Taiba hideouts...

Army personnel take position during a search operation of Lashkar-e-Taiba hideouts...

Workers build the stage at the Wankhede stadium for the swearing in ceremony...

Workers build the stage at the Wankhede stadium for the swearing in ceremony...

Sri Lankan team during practice session before the match against India A...

Sri Lankan team during practice session before the match against India A...

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan with filmmaker Farah Khan, actors Boman Irani...

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan with filmmaker Farah Khan, actors Boman Irani...

Vehicles ply at Rajpath as fog covers it in New Delhi...

Vehicles ply at Rajpath as fog covers it in New Delhi...

A camel herder stands beside resting camels at the annual cattle fair in Pushkar...

A camel herder stands beside resting camels at the annual cattle fair in Pushkar...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523