It is undoubtful that the world would be struggling for renewable energy in the coming decades. According to the latest reports, the Chinese space missions are based on such a forecast. Several sources, from China, have reported that the country is planning to build a solar power station in space. Sydney Morning Herald is saying that the country wants this station to be built by 2050.
With more than 30 years left on the deadline, it’s impossible to say what China is going to do about the tech being used in the intervention. However, China believes that, when set up, this solar power station will offer unlimited amount of sustainable energy. This would also become an inexhaustible energy source in the few years to come. Science and Technology Daily from China is being quoted as the source.
The power plant would be functioning as a method by which energy would be transmitted to the traditional power grid on earth. Once set up in the space, the solar power plant would be collecting solar power and do the conversion to electric energy. This electric energy will then be beamed to the receivers on Earth in the form of microwave or laser.
According to the sources cited by the reports, the power plant would be able to function without the limits currently faced by solar power solutions on earth. For instance, it won’t have to worry about night-time and the conversion rates would be higher, since the plant is exposed to more sunlight. In addition to ensuring a steadier supply of power, the intensity of power production would also be at top.
There are surely many concerns regarding how such a project would be materialized. One of the big concerns is regarding how the plant can be brought to space, considering the huge size and the relatively higher weight of around 1000 tonnes.