Can electricity be generated from solar storms

2018-02-05 20:39:34

If a satellite covered with a thick layer of copper, were to go straight through a solar storm in the opposing direction, would the satellite produce electricity, provided the copper(or other suitable material) doesn't melt? Could the satellite harvest this energy? Can this be used to study solar storms further?

in my opinion it should, by laws of electromagnetic induction, but I am asking this to know whether it would be practically possible?

You need both a source and a sink to produce electric current by electromagnetic induction, otherwise you're really just a target at the mercy of the incoming energy discharge. So if you're going to have large static collectors in the way of high-energy electron flux of solar storms (pretty broad definition), you better have ways to use, store or convert all of that energy to some useful purpose, otherwise it's going to build-up on static charge and can damage your equipment by destructive electrostatic discharge.

But yes, t

  • You need both a source and a sink to produce electric current by electromagnetic induction, otherwise you're really just a target at the mercy of the incoming energy discharge. So if you're going to have large static collectors in the way of high-energy electron flux of solar storms (pretty broad definition), you better have ways to use, store or convert all of that energy to some useful purpose, otherwise it's going to build-up on static charge and can damage your equipment by destructive electrostatic discharge.

    But yes, the energy in solar storms, as you put it, could be converted into something useful, like electricity. Problem is, they're rather unpredictable in both time and intensity, and we can already convert solar radiation energy into useful forms with simpler, proven technology (e.g. photovoltaics), measure proton flux with various particle detectors, magnetic fields with magnetometers, heat with thermocouples, infrared sensors, ad infinitum. And then there's the use of

    2018-02-05 21:16:25