Our sun is our most available source of energy, but harnessing its incredible power is a challenge that humankind always considers a challenge. Solar parks in sunny areas of the Earth convert sunlight into usable energy, but major disadvantages remain.
On the one hand, solar panels placed on the planet can only capture sunlight for part of the day and weather conditions can significantly hinder their ability to create electricity. Now, China thinks it has a solution to these two problems and will test its idea in the coming years.
In a new report published by the Chinese daily Science and Technology Daily and spotted by the Sydney Morning Herald, the country's plans for a solar park are revealed. Rather than an energy gathering facility on Earth, China plans to launch a solar energy collection station in Earth orbit.
The use of a solar space station instead of a ground station not only eliminates weather conditions, but also allows the station to stay in full sun 24 hours a day. According to the report, China is considering a system that allows the spacecraft to capture solar energy and send it to receiving stations on Earth as a laser or microwave beam. The electricity would then be introduced into the electricity grid in the form of electricity.
According to the report, the country plans to test the concept between 2021 and 2025 with small orbital power plants, then move on to the next solar station of about 2030. Eventually, a spacecraft capable of operating at gigawatt is expected, a few decades later.
This is a very interesting idea, and if China is able to make it work reliably, it may be a viable and relatively green energy solution, but there is still a lot of work to be done before it can make such a judgment.