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Optical Waveguide System for Solar Energy Utilization in Space

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T. Nakamura, J. A. Case, C. L. Senior

Physical Sciences, Inc., San Ramon, CA

D. A. Jack, J. L. Cuello

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Paper No. SED2002-1032, pp. 23-30; 8 pages
  • ASME Solar 2002: International Solar Energy Conference
  • Solar Energy
  • Reno, Nevada, USA, June 15–20, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-1689-3
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


In the past 10 years, Physical Sciences Inc. has been developing the Optical Waveguide (OW) System for solar energy utilization. In this system, solar radiation is collected by the concentrator which transfers the concentrated solar radiation to the OW transmission line. The OW transmission line transports the solar radiation to the location of solar energy utilization. Applications of this system include: material processing and plant lighting in space as well as power generation. In this paper we present a review of our work conducted during the last 10 years on the lunar material processing and space-based plant growing.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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