Japan will attempt to beam solar power from space by 2025

Japan will attempt to beam solar power from space by 2025

Japan and JAXA, the country’s space agency, have worked for decades to enable the beaming of solar energy from space. In 2015, the nation made a breakthrough when JAXA scientists successfully transmitted power over 50 meters to a wireless receiver with 1.8 kilowatts, which is enough power to run an electric kettle. Japan is ready to bring the technology one step closer to becoming a reality right now.

According to Nikkei, a public-private partnership in Japan will attempt to beam solar energy from space by 2025. The project, led by Naoki Shinohara, a Kyoto University professor who has been dealing with space-based solar energy starting around 2009, will attempt to deploy a series of small satellites in orbit. After that, they will attempt to beam the solar energy that the arrays collect to receiving stations on the ground hundreds of miles away.

In 1968, the idea of sending energy to Earth through microwaves and orbiting solar panels was first put forth. From that point forward, a few countries, including China and the US, have spent time and cash seeking after the thought. Orbital solar arrays are a promising source of renewable energy and make the technology appealing. Solar panels can collect energy in space at any time of day, and because they use microwaves to beam the power they generate, clouds are also not a problem. Be that as it may, regardless of whether Japan effectively deploys a set of orbital solar arrays, the tech would in any case be nearer to sci-fi than truth. That is on the grounds that delivering a cluster that can create 1 gigawatt of force – or about the result of one atomic reactor – would cost about $7 billion with presently available technologies.

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