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NASA sends Israeli-developed solar energy generator to space station – AZERTAC



Baku November 11 AZERTAC

NASA will send a prototype solar power generator developed at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) to the International Space Station by 2020, possibly a major step toward private commercial space missions, according to the TPS News Agency.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Professor (Emer.) Jeffrey Gordon and his American colleagues have devised a miniaturized solar power prototype that can significantly reduce the cost of the rapidly growing billion-dollar industry of private non-state space travel.

Realizing ultra-compact solar devices that can improve power is an important ingredient.

BGU's prototype consists of a compact, low-mass solar concentrator, cast glass bound to a monolithic integration of transfer-printed microscale solar cells that can efficiently utilize most of the solar spectrum.

NASA has included a prototype in its first launch in 2020 for the International Space Station for testing under cosmic radiation and the huge temperature fluctuations in extraterrestrial operation.

The first generation prototype is less than 1

.7 mm thick, with solar cells only 0.65 mm on each side.

A second generation that can increase specific power is now being designed by the same team.

Israel has developed some of the world's most advanced solar energy equipment to offset its meager natural resources and to look for cleaner energy sources.

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