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China's Space Technology Academy is working on an orbital power plant that would capture solar energy in space and radiate it back to Earth. The plant could utilize solar energy, even though it is cloudy back on Earth, as its photovoltaic system would float high over a terrestrial weather.
Plans to launch a test facility before 2025 show the pursuit of space-based clean energy that China is determined to continue using renewable energy and claiming its place among the world's global leaders in space.
Beam Me Down
Of course, the biggest problem for a floating power plant is to find out how to get that energy back to earth.
The researchers behind the project are still sorting that part out. But right now, the plan is to get solar arrays in the room to absorb light from the sun and then radiate electricity down to a plant on the ground in the form of a microwave or laser, according to Sydney Morning Herald
. From there, the elm could be used as if it had been generated by conventional terrestrial means.
If the launch goes well and the energy-saving beam works as it should, the Chinese researchers are planning to test and launch larger and more powerful plants by 2050, according to The Sydney Morning Herald .
And apart from sending pure energy to Earth, the power plant could also be deeper and deeper into space as long as the beam is precise enough to target all ships that are raging away to explore the cosmos.
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