Japan continues to horde its portion of the unevenly distributed future: Gizmodo is reporting on their plan for generating solar power from orbiting collectors, then beaming that energy back to Earthbound collection sites via laser. Expectations are that it could match a 1-gigawatt nuclear plant. No word yet as to the arrival of “1.21 gigawatt” systems.
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The idea of putting up solar collectors and beaming the energy back from orbit isn’t precisely new. Kudos to the Japanese, though, if they can pull it off, even in a “demonstration” model.
The biggest practical problem, as always, has been the high cost of getting stuff, including the solar collectors, up there, and then servicing them as needed.
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