India must build satellite to harness solar energy from space, former DRDO chief Sivathanu Pillai says
CHENNAI: India should work with friendly nations to build a solar power satellite and place it in orbit to harness solar power as the country is running out of conventional sources like coal, says former chief of DRDO A Sivathanu Pillai.
“One nation cannot do this. So, India should work with friendly nations, which have equal interest, to develop a technology to harness the solar energy from space for sustainable growth,” Pillai told TOI on the sideline of the TAN-ENERGY Summit 2019 here on Friday. The summit was organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
He said the heat energy should be harnessed and converted into microwaves. It should be channalised to the earth. “A floating station on the sea is the best option to receive it and convert it into electricity. The same can be used to operate desalination plants,” he said.
Technology should be developed, keeping in mind the living organism and birds in the earth, to safely transport the energy from the orbit to the earth, he added.