Solaren SSP Systems Group is responsible for designing, developing, building, launching, integrating, testing and validating all aspects of the Space Solar Power Plant to include the: 1) Solar Power Satellite, 2) Launch Services, 3) Ground Receive Station, 4) Power Grid Interconnect, and 5) SSP Plant Command and Control Center.
Solar Power Satellites: SSP Systems engineers design, develop, integrate, test and validate the power satellites. Solaren Solar Power Satellites collect the Sun’s energy in geostationary earth orbit (GEO), where high efficiency solar cells convert the Sun’s energy into electricity. The solid state power amplifier array converts the electricity into a radio frequency (RF) energy beam for transmission. The RF antenna aligns and directs the RF energy beam to our SSP ground receive station on Earth.
Launch Services: We contract for launch services to insert our solar power satellites into orbit, and for on-orbit testing. Our in-space subsystem tests require EELV-medium class launchers (Atlas V, Falcon Heavy, Ariane VI), while system tests require heavy launchers (Next Gen Falcon Heavy, SLS Block 1). The launch of our 250 MW SSP Plant requires multiple heavy launchers (SLS Block 1-B class). Our gigawatt-class SSP Production plants require multiple super heavy launch vehicles (SLS Block 2 class).
Ground Receive Station: SSP Systems engineers design, develop, contract manage construction, integrate, test and validate the Ground Receive Station (GRS). The Solaren SSP Ground Receive Station collects the RF energy beam from the Solar Power Satellite and directly converts the RF energy into DC electricity. The electricity is converted from DC into AC and stepped up to the proper voltage to interface with the power transmission grid.
Power Grid Interconnect: Solaren is responsible for providing a compatible grid interconnect from our SSP Ground Receive Station to the utility customer’s substation, which is also known as the delivery point. SSP Systems engineers will work with our utility customer / power grid system operator to ensure compatibility with the power grid and the customer’s substation.
SSP Plant Command and Control Center: The Solar Power Satellite systems are controlled from this secure facility, as is the electricity delivery from the Ground Receive Station to the customer delivery point. SSP Systems engineers design, develop, contract manage construction, integrate, test and validate the SSP Plant Command and Control Center’s functions and interfaces with the SSP Plant’s Solar Power Satellite systems and Ground Receive Station.