6 Role of NASA in Photovoltaic and Wind Energy
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Since the beginning of NASA over 50 years ago there has been a strong link between the energy and environmental skills developed by NASA for the space environment and the needs of the terrestrial energy program. The technologies that served dual uses included solar, nuclear, biofuels and biomass, wind, geothermal, large-scale energy storage and distribution, efficiency and heat utilization, carbon mitigation and utilization, aviation and ground transportation systems, hydrogen utilization and infrastructure and advance energy technologies such as high-altitude wind, wave and hydro, space solar power (from space to earth) and nanotech photovoltaics. NASA, in particular with wind and solar energy, had extensive experience dating back to the 1970's and 19 80's and continues today to have skills appropriate for solving our nation's energy and environmental issues that mimic in fact those needed for space flight. NASA has long been interested in maturing new laboratory level technologies into industry products and has a well-founded system of interactions with Universities for research leading to Proof-of-Concept and then to prototype demonstrations and mission applications with industry. The capability to assess and then test the feasibility for future commercial development is a well-honed NASA skill. This has certainly promoted new businesses and job growth as a result. That is particularly evident in the case of photovoltaic energy but also relevant for wind energy as well.