We’re not joking: this power station is built in outer space

  • May 21st, 2016

Windmills and solar fields for green energy? No, this power station does not need any extra space in nature – it goes into space!

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This power plant is designed to cover the energy needs of the entire planet and provide clean and renewable energy for ever.

Researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have now developed a concept for a solar power plant that is about to be built into our earth’s orbit.

Caltech researcher Ali Hajimiri wants to solve the global energy problem in space

But why would a power station be sent to the universe? The advantages are apparent. On the one hand, energy supplies are growing rapidly all over the world. Emergency solutions such as wind turbines or nuclear power plants are efficient, but neither beautiful nor safe.

The solar field in the universe could solve all problems at the same time. It does not require any space on earth and works with a maximum efficiency, even at night, thanks to a lack of earth atmosphere or disturbing clouds.

Cheap power from outer space

Within about 40 rocket flights, all parts required for the solar power plant could be brought into orbit. This way, the hexagonal system with three kilometers of edge length could be built up piece by piece.

The best part about it: the power plant could work independently in the universe for years without any problems. A lack of weather and other natural influences are the reason. And: The electricity would cost just 1,50 US-Dollars per watt!

Expert’s view

From a technical point of view, the solar power plant in our earth’s orbit is already possible today. Modules, microchips and rocket technology are the basis.

And how does the power come to earth? Here as well, the researchers already know the answer. The energy is to be concentrated at a ground station by means of microwaves. The antennas on earth then convert those microwaves back into power.

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First power plant already in four years

The construction of the first plant is set to begin in 2020. In a further 10 years the first solar power station in the earth orbit will be put into operation. And then it’s time to say goodbye to ugly windmills, and hello to inexpensive energy for the whole world

Source of title picture: Ryan MCGuire via Gratispgraphy

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