Hello fellow space nerds!
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Japan has been chasing after a dream of a country powered only by the Sun, and that dream is approaching quickly. The Japanese companies and organisations, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Mitsubishi recently managed to send power over an incredible distance of 55 meters! The power received was about 1.8 kw, which about enough to power a kettle. This power was also received but an incredibly small receiver, showing that not only can this be done, but it can also be done accurately.
This may not seem like such a big achievement, but it is actually a huge milestone and is also very promising progress for the project. In eventuality, Japan aims to harness the vast amount of untapped solar power with huge orbiting solar farms. This breakthrough is important as it strongly suggests that sending the energy back to earth is possible, making the whole project even more likely.
Another way of obtaining an unfathomably large amount of power from the sun is to coat the moon in solar panels. Yep, coat the moon in solar panels, or at least a large belt around the equator. The amount of power produced from is belt is estimated to be 13,000 terrawatts of continuous solar power. In a year, the world only uses 15 terrawatts. Thats’s almost 870 times more power. Wow.
This seems like an incredible plan, and best of luck to everyone involved.
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