Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Europe to Launch Space Solar Power Station

While harvesting solar energy in space has been discussed by scientists for more than 30 years, engineers at EADS Astrium, Europe's largest space company, now believe the technology is available to allow them to start building a working prototype.

They hope to have a small demonstrator of a full sized space-based power station, capable of beaming back 10-20kW of power, ready for launch in the next five years.

1'Lasers to beam energy to Earth from space' - UK Telegraph
There is no doubt that there will be a full court press by developed nations into this technology. Future energy needs are going to be too great to be accommodated by the resources on earth.

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