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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Solar energy may jump up to an entirely new level by 2035, as we may see aerospace engineers harnessing the Sun's power from Space. The China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) has stated that the nation will be doing just that and building a space-based solar power station in our lifetime. This would massively cut down on current fossil fuel consumption.




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The energy would be converted into microwaves or lasers and be beamed back to our planet to be used for our consumption.

This method of harnessing energy would provide a reliable power supply solution for satellites, disaster-stricken zones on Earth, as well as isolated areas.

This idea was first hatched back in 1941 when science fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote about the concept of harnessing power from Space. Then in 1968 an American aerospace engineer, Peter Glaser, put together a formal proposal for such a solar-based system in Space .

To kick-start the project, China is building a testing-base in Bishan with an 200 million yuan (US$ 28.4 million) investment. The base will research high-power wireless energy transmission, and how it would impact our environment.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-12-03 06:38 AM | Reply

The US answer is more coal and oil.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-12-03 06:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 | POSTED BY NIXON AT 2019-12-03 06:46 AM | FLAG:

Did you sleep through the entire fracking boom? The US switched to natural gas. Coal mines are shuttering, plants are closing.

China is growing their coal power supply another 20%.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-12-03 07:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#2 | Posted by Nixon

What a gullible shmuck. "Look at that shining thing in the sky and ignore what we are doing on the ground."

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-03 07:59 AM | Reply

Right, but policy is for coal in the USA. China is trying to leave coal. So Nixon is correct from a policy and thought perspective

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-12-03 09:41 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

It's ok if China is building tons of coal plants, because they are away from cities.

--Commie-coddler Bloomberg.

Hoover: And they're still burning coal.

Bloomberg: Yes, they are, but they're now moving plants away from the cities. The Communisty Party wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public. When the public says I can't breathe the air, Xi Jinping is not a dictator; he has to satisfy his constituents or he's not going to survive.

Hoover: He's not a dictator?


Bloomberg: No, he has a constituency to answer to.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-03 11:39 AM | Reply

--Bloomberg: Yes, they are, but they're now moving plants away from the cities.

How pathetic and ignorant can "Beyond Carbon" Bloomberg get? The global climate doesn't care where plants are located. It's like, global, you dig?

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-03 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

China is trying to leave coal.

No they aren't ...

But as China's economy slows to the lowest level in a quarter century - around 6% growth, according to government statistics - policymakers are doubling down on support for coal and other heavy industries, the traditional backbones of China's energy

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-03 12:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

--China is trying to leave coal.


"China's overseas ventures include hundreds of electric power plants that burn coal, which is a significant emitter of the carbon scientifically linked to climate change. Edward Cunningham, a specialist on China and its energy markets at Harvard University, tells NPR that China is building or planning more than 300 coal plants in places as widely spread as Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt and the Philippines."

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-03 12:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The US switched to natural gas. Coal mines are shuttering, plants are closing...


During the Obama years when someone would blast Obama's "war on coal", it was Danni who would point out that it was the market (natural gas), not Obama, that was killing the coal industry. We have a ton of coal in this country. Might have to export some of it to China and India.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-12-03 02:34 PM | Reply

Too expensive to mine here. The rest of the world has massive coal reserves, particularly China which has coal in abundance but no nat gas nor significant domestic oil production. Same for India.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-12-03 02:47 PM | Reply

1.) The Chinese need to stop playing Simcity 2000.
2.) I would not live within 500 miles of the earth station collector dish for the power transmission back to earth
3.) The amount of energy/CO2 from creating this system will be 10x whatever power they actually generate.
4.) Chinese are betting big on thorium reactors, making this a nonsense project
5.) Chinese will be able to embrace fracking within the next 20 years (technology is not there yet for the depth of their deposits) - at which point they will be energy independent
6.) Given the useful life of their 'space station', expect this to never actually go into production

#12 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-12-03 09:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"China which has coal in abundance but no nat gas nor significant domestic oil production. Same for India.

That is not correct - at least not technically correct. China has a ton of fracking potential but it is not economical today because the average depth of the deposits are 2x what we have in the US. So, they need advancements in drilling technology to exploit them in an economical way. I would guess 20 years and their coal will be driven out of the market by natural gas from fracking just like the US.

#13 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-12-03 09:14 PM | Reply

"Right, but policy is for coal in the USA. China is trying to leave coal......."

#5 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2019-12-03 09:41 AM | FLAG: | FUNNY: 1 | NEWSWORTHY 1: I'm the one that gave you the Funny Flag as you post what you wish to believe rather than researching reality [not you fault as it is a libbie thing when it comes to facts]. Read and heed:

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is building more coal-fired power plants and approving dozens of new mines, despite assurances from the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter that it was serious about fighting climate change.3 days ago
In China, coal creeps back in as slowing economy overshadows climate change ambitions - Reuters
www.reuters.com article in-china-coal-cr...<>

#14 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-12-04 06:46 PM | Reply

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