Japan and Mitsubishi Make Small Step Toward Solar Energy Transmission From Space
We always like to report on long-term, futuristic solar and energy generation news --and this fits that bill perfectly. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has recently made progress in tapping into transmittable solar energy from space. Though the advancement in wireless solar transmission is only minor, this step could open the door to finding ways to capture solar energy from installations outside our atmosphere and beam that energy back to earth. We'll be watching because more solar breakthroughs are inevitable, while we keep building commercially viable solar systems today.
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says it has used microwave technology to send 10 kilowatts of power - enough to run a set of conventional kitchen appliances - through the air to a receiver 500 metres away.
Wireless power transmission is currently under development as the core technology to tap the vast amount of solar energy available in space and use it on Earth.
While the distance in Mitsubishi's experiment was not huge, the technology could pave the way for humankind to eventually tap vast amount of solar energy.
The announcement comes after the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said it had also succeeded in moving a smaller 1.8 kilowatts of power wirelessly, and as a solar-powered Swiss plane broke a distance record as part of its bid to circumnavigate globe.