As evidence of humans causing rapid changes to the Earth’s environment is a growing cause for concern, businesses, organizations, and governments are more dedicated than ever to swap out the use of fossil fuels and other nonrenewable resources in favor of renewable sources of energy like nuclear, wind, and hydroelectric power.
Currently, the most effective source of renewable energy harvested by humans is that of solar energy. Even though the atmosphere blocks out tons of solar power, solar power is still the most effective form of convertible, renewable energy.
For years, physicists have known that collecting solar energy for use in outer space results in greater efficiency. This phenomenon takes place because outer space doesn’t hinder the power of light and heat that the Sun emits.
A business owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, could be the first group in history to harvest solar power outside of lower Earth orbit and successfully route it down to planet Earth. However, the solar power harvesting station won’t be rearing its head to the world until roughly 2050, and that’s at the earliest.
In the past, the world’s space experts believed that the cost of such a system would be far too expensive to be feasible in the next few decades. However, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is locked in to receive many billions of dollars as part of the Chinese government’s pledge to pump some $367 billion into means of generating power from renewable sources that are good for the environment. The People’s Republic of China is slated to complete its injection of $367 billion into itself by the close of 2020.
Although the proposed solar energy harvester could be used as a major renewable energy source, some believe that China could possibly utilize the vast planned array of solar panels to concentrate harmful beams of light that could be used in war.
China has not always been one of the world’s most prominent competitors in the space industry, gaining its first start in the industry in 1970, though the country’s chances of hitting it big in space have increased substantially in recent years.
Experts agree that solar energy captured in outer space is the largest potential source of renewable, clean energy known to man, says the world’s leading space association, the United States National Space Society.