July 21, 2024

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Japan wants to generate solar energy in space and return it

Japan wants to generate solar energy in space and return it

A fantastic project will be launched in 2025: Japan wants to launch a power station equipped with solar panels into space, after which it must return the generated solar energy to Earth.

Why is this important?

Many space organizations believe that solar panels in space may provide an answer to climate challenges. Two years after a similar American project, Japan is now seizing the opportunity as well. But there is still a long way to go to make the technology climate neutral.

In the news: Japan announces the word OHISAMA, which is a Japanese word meaning sun.

  • Consultant Koichi Ijichi of the Japan Aerospace Systems Research Institute shared more details at a conference last week in London. Ohisama is a satellite that will soon wirelessly transmit generated solar energy to Earth, where it will float in relatively close orbit around Earth.
  • “It will be a small satellite weighing about 180 kilograms, and will transmit about one kilowatt of power from cyberspace.

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