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International Symposium on Solar Energy from Space

8-10 September 2009
Toronto, Canada

An International Symposium Sponsored by SPACE Canada & the International Academy of Astronautics

Overall Goals
•    To determine what role solar energy from space might play in meeting the rapidly growing need for abundant and sustainable energy during the coming decades
•    To assess the technological readiness and risks associated with the space-based solar power concept
•    To frame a notional international roadmap that could lead to the realization of the concept

Master of Ceremonies, Bob McDonald, National Science Correspondent for CBC and Host of CBC Radio One’s “Quirks and Quarks”

Day 1: Space Canada International Policy Forum
Keynote Speaker - Dan Fortin
We are delighted to have Dan Fortin, president of IBM Canada, delivering the keynote address. Dan is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of IBM's Canadian division. Dan leads a team of 20,000 professionals in providing industry-leading solutions to help IBM clients address today’s most pressing business challenges.

Dan will be followed by a full complement of outstanding speakers including:
•    Dr. Andrew Weaver, Nobel Laureate, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
•    Dr. Bryan Erb, Pioneer in Space-Based Solar Power
•    Dr. Ram Jakhu, Associate Professor, Institute of Air and Space Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University
•    Jessica West, Program Associate at Project Ploughshares and Manager of the Space Security Index
•    Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards, Founder and CEO, Odyssey Moon enterprise
•    Iain Carson, European Business Editor, The Economist

These and other internationally renowned speakers will discuss:
•    Solar Power Satellites
•    Sustainable Energy
•    Space Law
•    Space Security
•    Manufacturing in Space
•    Entrepreneurs in Space
•    Climate Change and Global Warming

Days 2 & 3: IAA Study Group – Presentation of Technical Papers
Sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics
Solar Energy from Space: The First International Assessment of Opportunities, Issues and Potential Pathways Forward

Co-Chairs, IAA Study:
John Mankins, President of the Space Power Association (SPA),and an internationally recognized leader in space systems and technology innovation.
Nobu Kaya, B.E, M.E, Ph. D., Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan and Vice-President of the SUNSAT Energy Council, a U.N. NGO.

Registration Options and Fees
Registration Fee Schedule (All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to 5% GST)
To register please visit:

Full Registration $690 CAD
Student Registration*  $200 CAD  *Student and Senior
Seniors and Retirees*  $300 CAD (registrations are limited)

•    Participation in the three-day Symposium including the one-day International Policy Forum and the two-day technical workshop (September 8-10, 2009)
•    Three continental breakfasts
•    Three lunches
•    Opening Reception and Dinner
•    Transportation between the Westin Prince hotel and the Ontario Science Centre
One Day Registration
(Tuesday, September 8, 2009)    $260 CAD
•    Participation in the One Day International Policy Forum on Solar Energy from Space
•    Continental Breakfast
•    Lunch
•    Opening Reception and Dinner

A broad range of rates are available, depending on the hotel class and location. Typical rates range from CAD100 to CAD250 for hotels of 4-star rating and above. All hotel rates are quoted in Canadian Dollar and are subject to change.

The preferred hotel accommodation which is the Westin Prince Hotel is within 10-minute drive to the Ontario Science Centre.

Solar-Based Power Satellites Overview
Space-based solar power can be developed into a source of clean and sustainable energy around the World, on the Moon, or anywhere else humans are likely to go.

Solar power already energizes our satellites and space stations in orbit around Earth. The trick is to harvest solar energy on orbit, convert it into a form of power that can be broadcast safely to Earth, and to do so economically.

The Solar Power Satellite (SPS) Concept

The Solar Power Satellite (SPS) concept would place solar power plants in orbit above Earth, where they would convert sunlight to electricity and beam the power to ground-based receiving stations. The ground-based stations would be connected to today's regular electrical power lines that run to our homes, offices and factories here on Earth.

Why put solar power plants in space? Without the attenuation that results from passing through the atmosphere, sunlight in Earth orbit is about 25% more intense than on the ground. Moreover, in space the sun shines virtually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unlike solar power on the ground, solar power satellites would not be vulnerable to cloudy days or the changes in the seasons. As a result, extra generating capacity and energy storage aren't needed to assure continuous solar energy to meet the needs of society. All told, many of the problems that have limited the use of ground based solar power concepts do not affect space solar power.

Solar power satellites would be placed in so-called "geostationary" or "Earth synchronous" orbit, a 24-hour orbit which is thus synchronized with Earth's rotation, so that satellites placed there remain stationary in the sky when viewed from a point on the Earth. (Likewise, today's communications satellites are put into geostationary orbit, and each TV satellite dish on the ground is pointed towards one satellite "stationary" in orbit.) The receiver is called a "rectifying antenna" (or “rectenna”; pronounced "rektenna").

Geostationary orbit is very high, 36,000 km (22,500 miles) above the surface of the Earth. It is far above the range of the Space Shuttle, which has a maximum range of about 1000 km (600 miles) above Earth's surface.

There are many benefits to using solar power. Many cities around the globe have invested in solar power as an alternative to coal, oil, and nuclear sources due to the following:
•    Solar Power is a renewable and infinite resource
•    Solar Power is free of any emissions, including carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas)
•    Solar Power is a free resource after capital cost of installation (excluding maintenance)
•    Maintenance is comparatively low
•    Its maximum power output corresponds very well with peak power demand
•    Energy production with solar power prevents significant water usage associated with coal, nuclear, and combined cycle sources.

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