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Japanese scientists have succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly! This is a key step that could one day make solar power generation in space a possibility, officials say.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been working on devising Space Solar Power Systems for years, the spokesman said. Researchers used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power—enough to run an electric kettle—through the air with pinpoint accuracy to a receiver 55 metres (170 feet) away.
Even though the distance was not great, the technology could pave the way for mankind to eventually tap the vast amount of solar energy available in space and use it on Earth, a JAXA spokesman said. “This was the first time anyone has managed to send a high output of nearly two kilowatts of electric power via microwaves to a small target, using a delicate directivity control device”.
I don’t know about you, but I am extremely excited by the prospect of wireless energy.
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A solar flare erupts on the Sun’s northeastern hemisphere during a powerful solar storm in January 2012 | NASA / AP