Last Updated: 23rd February, 2019
It shows up China is anxious to have a clear-cut lead in the space game. Following its ongoing space mission, which included putting a Rover on the most distant side of the moon, the East Asian country is hoping to construct a power station in space by 2025.
As per an ongoing report by Bloomberg, researchers have just begun development of an exploratory base in the western city of Chongqing and will send in space a minuscule power station somewhere in the between of 2021 and 2025, a megawatt-level sunlight solar facility by 2030 and other bigger generators a much later. A few reports even suggest that China will construct a gigawatt-level solar powered generator by 2050.
- China wants to be the first nation in the world to build a solar power generation farm in space.
- Its plans suggest a megawatt-level power station going up on low-earth orbit by 2030.
- The biggest challenge now is transmitting the generated power down to earth.
Whenever employed, China’s solar powered power farm is required to circle the earth at an elevation of 36,000 kilometers. As per a report by Engadget, the China Academy of Space Technology Corporation claims such a setup could “dependably supply energy 99 percent of the time, at six-times the intensity” of solar based installations on the planet.
How is China anticipating transmitting the power produced in space down to the earth, however? Its proposition so far has recommended the utilization of a microwave or laser beam that can feed the power down to a ground collection station.
In spite of the fact that the innovation sounds cool, transmitting power remotely like that is as yet going to be an extreme challenge. The greatest challenge here is the stretch. Japan exhibited one such innovations in 2015, and the California Institute of Technology reported a year ago that it had made a model equipped for catching and transmitting solar based energy from space utilizing lightweight tiles.
As indicated by a report by The Sydney Morning Herald, Pang Zhihao, a scientist at the China Academy of Space Technology trusts that these modern space power generators could turn into “an unlimited source of clean energy for human being.”
Scientists also trust this could power future deeper space investigation missions. Li Ming, the Vice President of the China Academy of Space Technology needs China to embellish as the first nation on the planet to fabricate a space-based sun oriented farm with reasonable value.