The UK government wants to commission a space-based solar power station to provide flexibility in the power load of its electrical grid. There was a time when the idea of transmitting solar energy as a form of usable energy seemed science fiction, with everyone doubting its practicality.
According to SolarDaily, the space-based solar power station will use very large solar power satellites to collect solar energy, convert it into high-frequency radio waves, and safely beam it back to ground-based receivers connected to the electrical power grid.
The UK aims to investigate the economic and technical feasibility of such a large-scale station. It is crucial to note that this project has never been done before at this scale in the world. The main challenge that researchers have faced with it is how they can solve the assembling of the massive satellites in orbit.
Historically, the cost of rocket launches and the weight that would be required for a project of this scale made the idea of space-based solar power unfeasible. But the emergence of private space ventures has brought the cost of launch down dramatically in the last decade, according to SolarDaily.
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