Gallery: Could Solar Satellites Be the Key to Infinite Energy?

 

While solar energy has long been touted as the key to solving the planet’s energy demands, the problem of efficiency has always hampered it. However, a team of engineers from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow believe that the key to solar energy isn’t here on Earth, but out in space.

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  1. 66scout99 May 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    If one were to look at the implications of such a highly centralised energy source, they’d see that there are national security issues involved. The satellites and their beam pathways to the planet — and to the specific areas using the power — would have to be constantly protected by “space police”, and in times of war, a “space army”. Wars are won and lost over energy resources, and these are easy targets.
    Also, it’ll be putting more “power” and price-control in the hands of multi-national corporations instead of the more proper (and more secure) goal of decentralising our power grid. Why go through all this effort when there are plenty of energy resources on the planet — they just are not used properly or efficiently.

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