Solar in space, half the price of coal!(ENERGY) (Brief article)


It was mooted 50 years ago by the scientist Peter Glaser who first suggested placing solar panels into orbit around the Earth. The resulting electric power would then converted into microwaves and beamed to large 'rectennas' on Earth that could convert it back into electric power. It was a good idea, but getting the panels into space at an affordable price proved the stumbling block. But now a new solution is being developed involving the Skylon rocket plane and a system of ground-based lasers that would...

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