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Controversy Flares Over Space-Based Solar Power Plans

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Controversy Flares Over Space-Based Solar Power Plans

Solar panels in space can receive seven times more solar energy per unit than ones on Earth and don't have to deal with weather or darkness.

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Space solar power advocates may soon get their day in the sun, as different projects aimed at beaming energy to Earth from orbit begin to take shape. But at least one space power scientist worries that a U.S.-based project may be promising too much, too soon.

Last week, California regulators proposed a plan to approve a 15-year contract with the American company Solaren Corp. to supply space-based solar power to utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) by 2016. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has also teamed up with a private Japanese coalition to design a solar space station for launch by the 2030s.... [Read More]
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Re: Controversy Flares Over Space-Based Solar Power Plans

Seems the space elevator should be the top priority and then the idea of power beaming satalites. However there is no reason they can't keep dream engineering both until they have a reasonable solution.
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