A Lightweight Tile Structure Integrating Photovoltaic Conversion and RF Power Transfer for Space Solar Power Applications

E. Gdoutos, C. Leclerc, F. Royer, M. Kelzenberg, E. Warmann, P. Espinet-Gonzalez, N. Vaidya, F. Bohn, B. Abiri, M. Hashemi, M. Gal-Katziri, A. Fikes, H. Atwater, A. Hajimiri, S. Pellegrino

We demonstrate the development of a prototype lightweight (1.5 kg/m2) tile structure capable of photovoltaic solar power capture, conversion to radio frequency power, and transmission through antennas. This modular tile can be repeated over an arbitrary area to form a large aperture which could be placed in orbit to collect sunlight and transmit electricity to any location. Prototype design is described and validated through finite element analysis, and high-precision ultra-light component manufacture and robust assembly are described.