Jun 13, 2023

First ever beaming of orbital solar power

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The transition to renewable energy, critical for the world’s future, is limited today by energy storage and transmission challenges. Beaming solar power from space is an elegant solution that […] promises a remarkable payoff for humanity: a world powered by uninterruptible renewable energy.

The California Institute of Technology reports the first successful beaming of solar energy from space down to a receiver on the ground, via the MAPLE instrument on its SSPD-1 spacecraft.

Space-based solar power. Credit: Caltech.

In recent years, space-based solar power has attracted growing interest from both governments and businesses. Driven by advances in satellite technology, materials science, and energy transmission methods, experts increasingly view it as a feasible option for clean energy that is likely to be a commercial reality within the next two decades.

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