Sunday, February 25

Solar Energy

Solar Energy Harvested From Space Is The Future
Solar Energy

Solar Energy Harvested From Space Is The Future

Researchers have made progress towards harvesting solar energy in space and transmitting it to Earth. A satellite launched in January successfully beamed power in a microwave to targets in space and even sent some power to a detector on Earth. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the experiment's builder, announced this achievement on 1 June. Sanjay Vijendran from the European Space Agency (ESA) said, "No one has done this before. They're demonstrating this capability and bringing credibility to the topic."Space-based solar power has faced the challenge of credibility. To match the power output of a coal or nuclear power station, a satellite would need a vast collection area spanning kilometers, requiring numerous launches and assembly in orbit. NASA attempted a demonstra...