SPECIAL SESSION #14
Energy Systems in Space
Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), Italy
Energy Systems represent a key enabling technology for space exploration and for the science research in space. Power sources and storage devices are strategic for the success of a space mission. The improvement of the efficiency in Energy Systems implies the reduction of the mass to be launched in space, with positive impact on the overall costs and risks of the mission. With the Artemis program for Lunar exploration and colonization, new challenge are set also in the frame of Energy Systems: improvement of existing technologies or ideas of innovative ones can be the drive to ease criticalities of space programs.
This special session is therefore aimed at disseminating the state-of-the-art of these technologies, with a focus on the following topics:
- Power sources;
- Solar Power Plants;
- Storage devices;
- Other technologies for electrical power generation.
The potentiality of this branch of knowledge in terms of technology transfer from space to terrestrial applications has great relevance, with particular interest for renewable energy and green economy.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
Cesare Molfese is staff researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF). He obtained the master degree in electronic engineering at the Federico II University in Naples, Italy, and he had been working for fifteen years with industrial companies in the field of technology for scientific research. He has been working with INAF for almost two decades, participating in the design and development of several space instruments and ground based telescopes. He covered the positions of responsible for the electronic control hardware of the VST Telescope, a joint project of INAF and European Southern Observatory (ESO), based in Germany and Chile, and of technical manager and proje ct manager for two scientific instruments, aimed at Mars exploration in the frame of ExoMars Program, a joint mission of the European (ESA) and Russian (ROSCOSMOS) Space Agencies.