Friday, August 12, 2016

Mitsubishi can now transmit solar energy from space

Using microwave technology, Mitsubishi has sent 10 kilowatts of power wirelessly through the air to a receiver positioned 1,640 feet away. Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that it also moved power wirelessly, sending 1.8 kilowatts of power through the air. Japan is looking for ways to expand its ability to power themselves, especially since the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011.
Japan does not have the vast resources and is not able to fill land with solar-collectors, the way other nations can. One of the great advantages of space-based solar power is the simple fact that solar energy is available all day and night no matter what the weather in space. Commercializing the new technology, though, could take many years—possibly even until the 2040s. Read more at