Efforts to eliminate air pollution on Earth and solve the problem of energy crisis continues to run all over the world. One of the most horrendous idea comes from China are planning to build power plant in space.
Reported by the Telegraph (30/3), Chinese scientists now reportedly considering building a solar power station of 36,000 kilometers which will be operated and taken into space.
If this project will be realized, this would exceed the Apollo project scale and the International Space Station, which became the biggest space project ever undertaken mankind.
The power plant will be tangible spacecraft in geosynchronous orbiting super and is equipped with a large solar panel. Later electricity generated will be converted into micro or laser waveform and sent to the collector on Earth.
“In the future this project will become a power plant space with a very large size and very economical, with a total area of solar panels reach 5 to 6 square kilometers.” said Wang Xiji, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
Space power generation is called going to the equivalent of 12 of the Beijing Tian’anmen Square so the largest public square in the world. “Maybe the people on Earth can see it in the sky at night, like a star.” Wang added.
The idea of the space station itself is said Wang blaze of electrical potentials generated will be very massive compared with electricity generating solar power on Earth. If the Earth is still influenced by the type of power fluctuations in day and night, as well as weather, while future space-based generators can collect produce ten times more electricity with the same broad solar panels.
“If we have a space solar power technology, we hope to overcome the energy crisis on Earth,” said Duan Baoyan, member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).
However, the idea of power generation in space is going to be the main difficulty is transportation into space. Suppose a commercial power plant will weigh more than 10,000 tons, it will be difficult to create spacecraft that will be able to carry it in one haul.
“We need a rocket launcher with a rational cost to lift the weight,” said Wang, who is also the designer of the first rocket made in China more than 40 years ago.
“We also need to make solar panels are very thin and light. Weight panel must be less than 200 grams per square meter.” he added.
However, he believes that China can build a solar power plant in this space in the future. Meanwhile, Li Ming, vice president of the China Academy of Space Technology said, “China will build a space station around 2020, which will open up opportunities to develop the technology of solar power plants in space.”