China is planning to launch a solar power station in space to beam energy back to Earth within our lifetime.
The ambitious endeavor aims to cut down current fossil fuel consumption by capturing the sun's energy that never makes it to the planet – and it could all take place as soon as 2035.
The energy would be converted into microwaves or lasers before being wirelessly beamed back to Earth for use, noted Wang Li, researcher of the China Academy of Space Technology.
''We hope to strengthen international cooperation and make scientific and technological breakthroughs so that humankind can achieve the dream of limitless clean energy at an early date,'' Li explained.
It is believed the nation will launch small- to medium-sized solar power projects by 2025 before launching its sizeable solar power station that can generate at least one megawatt of electricity.
A solar space station would be a momentous move by China as the nation is one of the largest global contributors of fossil fuels. At China's peak coal production in 2011, it was producing more than 20,000 terawatts per hour (TWh), compared to India at 2,710 TWh.
(Writing by Tian Zhang Editing by Harry Huo)
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