Space Based Solar Power Generation.

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A Californian company is aiming to capture sunlight in space to generate a regular supply of electricity on Earth.

There are significant obstacles to overcome, like the high cost of launching things into space, but California's largest utility has already agreed to buy the power.

I know that this has been proposed as a possibility for large scale power generation for many years, but according to this new article it seems that at least one power company is very serious about getting this up and running in the very near future.

Any thoughts on this? Do you think it will be successful?


See : http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/12/11/2769652.htm?section=justin
 

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This would be amazing! you can get soooo much more solar energy from space than here on earth, and there would be no clouds to block the sun, although with the rotating of earth I dont know how it would stay in the sun light unless it wasnt in geosynconism or however you spell it ha ha

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Power companies are, for the most part, requried by law to buy power from anyone who generates it, so the fact that the power company has agreed to buy the power is completely meaningless. It doesn't tell us anything at all about how viable the project is.
 
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Yes we can, and have. For many years a "solar" powered microwave power receiver ran successfully in the parking lot of the pentagon. It was removed some years ago I didn't hear that it fried anyone. Seems if a space rock tapped it it might light something up needs a good kill switch on-board auto off if misaligned.
 

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