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Building space based solar power with open source software

Join us for IET Bristol's April Lecture and learn about space-based solar power


Space based solar power represents the opportunity to transform solar power into a consistent and reliable part of the energy mix in the United Kingdom.

The concept depends upon the use of giga-scale antenna arrays capable of delivering over 2GW of power from space onto similar giga-scale antenna arrays either at sea or on the ground.

Beyond the computational scale required for the electromagnetics to design and model antenna arrays with billions of antennas, the mechanical and thermal stresses of lightweight kilometre scale structures requires new approaches to multiphysics modelling to support the development of reliable, green solar power.

Renewable Energy


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

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10 Apr 2024  

6:30pm - 8:30pm

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  • Bristol Local Network

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MVB 1.11
Merchant Venturers Building
Woodlands Rd
University of Bristol


Timothy G. Pelham

Research Fellow - University of Bristol

Timothy G. Pelham received the M.Phys. degree (Hons.) in physics from the University of Surrey, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Bristol, in 2018, with research into conformal antenna array design. He worked with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA. In 2011, he joined MBDA, as a Systems Engineer, before becoming a Senior Systems Engineer. He is currently working as a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. He has over 13 years of experience in antennas, propagation, radar and electromagnetics, primarily for radar and communications, but also for the application of spatial mapping techniques to onboard channel models using novel computational electromagnetics. He created LyceanEM, and is currently leading the Scalable Open Electromagnetics for Solar Power (SCOPES) project, extending LyceanEM to support the design and modelling of gigascale antenna arrays for space based solar power. He has recently released an open source dataset in collaboration with Cardiff University and Spirent combining LIDAR, Computer Vision, multichannel IQ recording, and reference GNSS position and time (GNSS Combined Vehicular Measurements A & B). This dataset has applications to autonomous navigation, GNSS interference and jamming mitigation, and digital twins for combined spatial and radio domains.


University of Bristol MVB

Merchant Venturers Building, 75 Woodland Road



18:30 - Refreshments and networking
19:00 - Talk and questions
20:00 - Networking




Free of charge