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Solar Energy: Space Technology

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the potential of space-based installations to harness solar power as an energy source. (206175)

We understand that there are developments taking place on space-based solar photovoltaic arrays with the potential to beam electricity back to earth. Although there are potential advantages over land-based installations, we understand that there remain questions related to technical feasibility, maintenance, costs and commercial application.