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  • Himani Vora

CAN WE EXTRACT ENERGY FROM THE SUN?



About two million years ago, humanity sparked its first fire. Since then, our energy extraction methods have advanced tremendously; presently, we are in an atomic age extracting energy by splitting atoms. But the future beholds something way BIGGER! Ever thought of removing power from the Sun itself? A colossal figure of 400 septillion watts per second.


Dyson Sphere, a megastructure that encompasses a star and captures a large percentage of its power output. A gargantuan, hollow sphere surrounding the star, an engineering marvel. Science fiction or a scientific possibility? An actual globe would be unreasonable. A more viable alternative would be artificial satellites orbiting around the star called the Dyson Swarm. The satellites would collect the Sun's radiation via panels and transmit this energy back to the earth. Another complication is the cosmic amount of material required to build this satellite swarm. This can be solved by mining and constructing at the hive at the prosperous metal planet of Mercury. Mercury's short distance from the Sun and its weak gravity would add to the accessibility. Due to humankind's inability to survive radiation for a long time, much construction would have to be automated.



The mere thought of fabricating an artificial biosphere enclosing the massive parent star seems way too futuristic. We would be supplied with an unlimited amount of energy. Drawing energy from the star is a crucial stage in the progress of civilization. The creation of the Dyson Sphere would commence an age of space exploration and expansion on a scale we can barely imagine. I am thrilled to be alive at a time when humanity is pushing against its limits of understanding. Even better, we may eventually discover that there are no limits.



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