Launch Site | Power Generation and Storage

Power generation and storage at the launch site is challenge. Developing a site with adequate infrastructure to generate the energy at a high altitude site is difficult. Generating 100 GW class of power and delivering for several minutes at a low price is achievable with the currently available technology. Natural gas fired power plants can generate this power easily at a price of less than $0.1 per KWH. This power need to be delivered and stored. Currently battery and ultra capacitor technology is sufficient to store this energy for a relatively low cost.

Jan 05, 2017 02:45 Breakthrough Initiatives Posted on: Breakthrough Initiatives

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"Dec 18, 2016 16:14 michael.million@sky.com Posted on: Centauri Dreams
"If I get this right, isn't the magnitude of the power requirement about the same as Dr Gerald P Jackson envisages for his antimatter factory (~40GW)? http://www.antimatterdrive.org/index.htm Maybe there is more than one use for a facility like this."
Yes it could aid an antimatter factory, it could also be used for asteroid defence, if we accelerate a sail say with a deuterium package at high enough velocity it will undergo fusion and release a large amount of energy on impact. It could also much later be used to send out materials that could be used in a pellet runway system to supply a much larger probe/ship with fuel without it having to carry it."

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Thanks for your help. We agree that after these facilities are developed there will be several spin offs and other ancillary activities associated with this effort.

- Pete Klupar, Breakthrough Starshot

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