China wants to put a solar farm in space by 2025

Humanity uses a lot of energy, and while #solar power here on Earth is doing a reasonable job of contributing to the electricity mix, scientists have long… [Read More]

Summary… * Machine-Made

Without atmospheric interference or night-time loss of sunlight, these space-based #solar farms could provide an inexhaustible source of clean energy.
The #China Academy of Space Technology Corporation claims such a set-up could "reliably supply energy 99 per cent of the time, at six-times the intensity" of #solar installations on earth.
#China's proposal suggests converting #solar energy into electricity in space, before beaming back to Earth using a microwave or laser and feeding into the grid via a ground receiving system.
Such a power station would weigh a considerable amount — around 1,000 tons — so getting the gear into orbit will be difficult.
Researchers are therefore considering whether the station could be constructed in space using robots and 3D printing.

Opinion… * Man-Made

By 2025, #China aims to be the first country to put a #solar farm in orbit; converting solar into electric energy at 36000 km above the Earth’s surface, and converting the #Energy to a microwave or laser to beam it to earth. #Trend

Source: Engadget