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China, like Japan, is going to launch a space solar power station bigger than the ISS. The station will be located at a height of 36 000 kilometers above the Earth's surface. Chinese scientists believe that this will solve the energy crisis on our planet.
Experimental space solar power plant will be built and placed in orbit by 2030, and ready for commercial operation by 2050, writes IBTimes. For the construction of a space power plant were made by 93-year-old academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and member of the International Academy of Astronautics van four season, devoted to the study of space technologies for more than 50 years of his life.
Economically viable space power will be really huge sizes, the total area of solar panels is 5-6 thousand square kilometres, — said Premier.
According to experts, this station will be able to collect solar energy 99% of the time. Space solar panels are able to generate ten times more electricity than the same panel ground per unit area.
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The generated electricity is converted into microwave or laser beam for transmission to the collector located on Earth. The project will become economically profitable as soon as the efficiency of power transfer exceeds 50 percent.
The idea of building space stations was first described in a science fiction story of Isaac Asimov's "Logic" (Reason) in 1941.
Says Premier, who developed the first Chinese carrier rocket more than 40 years ago, one of the main obstacles in implementing such a large project is the need to use a cheap but heavy rocket and also create very thin and light solar panels.
China also expressed a desire to develop a new generation of carrier rockets heavy class.
It is expected that the orbital space station will help to reduce air pollution from emissions of multiple stations operating on fossil fuels. Today China is the world's largest energy consumer. In addition, the country ranks first in terms of emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. published