China Plans to Tap the Sun’s Boundless Energy by Putting an Orbiting Solar Farm in Space

By: | March 2nd, 2019

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China is planning to build the first solar power station in space. By building the solar power station orbiting the earth at 36,000 kilometers, China is going to rule out all the obstacles like interference from the atmosphere or seasonal and night-time loss of sunlight, in tapping the solar energy.

Researchers boast that these power stations could “reliably supply energy 99 per cent of the time, at six-times the intensity” of solar installations on earth.

Initially Chinese scientists are going to build and launch small power stations into the stratosphere between 2021 and 2025. Next step will be to upgrading it to a megawatt-level station in 2030 and a gigawatt-level facility before 2050.

Although it sounds very promising, but there are lot of challenges associated with this plan. But according to scientists, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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