But what if the space laser was giving us a different kind of power. Specifically, solar power. Well that's what some Japanese scientists are planning with a projected 2030 launch date. Solar power in space is constant and undiluted. Additionally, you don't have to buy land on which to place the panels, you just keep them orbiting and you're set.
The device works by capturing solar energy on metal alloy plates. These plates then transfer their energy to a laser, amplifying it many times. The laser is then beamed down to earth where it is captured and converted to electricity. I'm not sure how this last step is accomplished, but possibly through a traditional boiler.
The process, according the scientists, can be up to 40% efficient, which makes it comparable with the most efficient solar panels of today. The problems will arise with launch costs, weather interfering with the laser, and international outcry at the supposedly peaceful deathray.
written by jeremy, September 07, 2007
Sweet! A real evil death ray!
written by Leon, September 07, 2007
written by koew, September 07, 2007
written by nick, September 07, 2007
written by AsianDDRManiac, September 07, 2007
what about solar powered satellites?
written by jason Nolan, September 08, 2007
man on a mission
written by ca, June 16, 2008
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