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Japan eyes solar station in space, thoughts?

TOKYO (AFP) – It may sound like a sci-fi vision, but Japan's space agency is dead serious: by 2030 it wants to collect solar power in space and zap it down to Earth, using laser beams or microwaves.

The government has just picked a group of companies and a team of researchers tasked with turning the ambitious, multi-billion-dollar dream of unlimited clean energy into reality in coming decades.

With few energy resources of its own and heavily reliant on oil imports, Japan has long been a leader in solar and other renewable energies and this year set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets.

But Japan's boldest plan to date is the Space Solar Power System (SSPS), in which arrays of photovoltaic dishes several square kilometres (square miles) in size would hover in geostationary orbit outside the Earth's atmosphere.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/japanspaceenergysolartechnology

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:29 PM on Nov. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Great. More POWER to them... (he he he)

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:43 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Wouldn't it save them a lot of money to just collect the solar power with panels on the ground? Does the power become more powerful if collected and redirected to the earth? Sounds a bit wasteful...
    PsWifey

    Answer by PsWifey at 11:13 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Eh. I have visions of all this science blowing up the earth one day.
    Course in the same bad dream, arlen specter is president and Nancy pelosi is vice.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:23 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Interesting idea and I admire those that push the boundaries of science. But some are proving to be no brainers, like biofuels and hydrogen, so conventional wind and solar seem to be the most effective options in the forseeable future.
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 1:07 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • I am all for solar, but I agree with PSW - wouldn't it be more economically feasible to put solar panels on the ground? They may be hampered by the fact they don't have a lot....but there are wind farms that can be placed in the sea.
    I think it's a good idea, to a point.
    LiliM

    Answer by LiliM at 1:16 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Oh goodie, a solar powered laser in space. YAY....
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:26 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Wouldn't it save them a lot of money to just collect the solar power with panels on the ground? Does the power become more powerful if collected and redirected to the earth? Sounds a bit wasteful...


    Sounds a bit not the whole truth to me.....Sorry, not buying it's for THAT.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:23 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Not surprising they are more advanced than we are in technology. Go Japan!
    Imogine

    Answer by Imogine at 1:06 PM on Nov. 9, 2009

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