Japanese Engineering Groups Join Mega Space Solar Project

JAXA Space Solar Power System
Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency via Bloomberg

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) — Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and IHI Corp. will join a 2 trillion yen ($21 billion) Japanese project intending to build a giant solar-power generator in space within three decades and beam electricity to earth.

A research group representing 16 companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., will spend four years developing technology to send electricity without cables in the form of microwaves, according to a statement on the trade ministry’s Web site today.

An undated handout illustration (left) shows Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS), which beams the electricity using microwaves from space through the ionosphere, the outermost layer of the earth’s atmosphere, provided to the media on Sep. 1, 2009.

Read the rest of the article at bloomberg.com

Perhaps I should change the name of this blog to “Citizens of the World for Space Based Solar Power!”


Author: Rob Mahan

Author of An Irish Miracle, husband, father, and dog lover.

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