Japan to Begin Developing Space-Based Solar Power

Japan Shooting For Space-Based Solar Power

The government will by the end of this year start developing technologies designed to eventually beam electricity from solar panels in space down to the earth.

A public solicitation for firms to participate in the endeavor will soon be made; the companies may be selected as early as next month. The government expects players in the electronics and heavy electric machinery industries to participate. The hope is to commercialize orbital solar power by 2030.

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