As the struggle against energy instability and climate change intensifies, space has the potential to offer a secure, sustainable power source and this is being explored by governments and organisations globally - but cyber security is key to its success.
Alongside the climate emergency, energy instability - particularly across the UK and Europe - has accelerated efforts to find sustainable ways to meet our growing energy demands. Where traditionally technologies have focused on harnessing energy on Earth, for example wind turbines, solar installations, geothermal, hydroelectric and nuclear fission, space-based solar power could offer an effective way to harness intense solar energy and distribute it around the globe.
Space-based solar power is a concept that’s been gradually developing over the last 50 years. Recent advances in satellite and launcher technology mean it’s becoming more economically and technologically feasible as a form of power supply on Earth.
Read our factsheet to find out more about the work we are doing in this area.