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Power Challenges of Large Scale Research Infrastructures: the Square Kilometer Array and Solar Energy Integration

Barbosa , D.

Power Challenges of Large Scale Research Infrastructures: the Square Kilometer Array and Solar Energy Integration, Proc Energynautics - International Workshop on Integration of Solar Power in Power Systems - SolarIntegration, Lisbon, Portugal, Vol. 1, pp. 254 - 257, November, 2012.

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Abstract
The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will be the
largest Global science project of the next two decades. It will
encompass a sensor network dedicated to radioastronomy,
covering two continents. It will be constructed in remote areas
of South Africa and Australia, spreading over 3000Km, in
high solar irradiance latitudes. Solar Power supply is
therefore an option to power supply the SKA and contribute
to a zero carbon footprint next generation telescope. Here we
outline the major characteristics of the SKA and some
innovation approaches on thermal solar energy Integration
with SKA prototypes.