Japan and JAXA, the country's space agency, have worked for decades to enable the beaming of solar energy from space and now it is blooming. Japan has been working on this subject for a long time. In 2015, the nation made a breakthrough when JAXA scientists successfully transmitted power over 50 meters to a wireless receiver with 1.8 kilowatts, which is enough power to run an electric kettle. Japan is ready to bring the technology one step closer to becoming a reality right now.
Japan to work on solar power
According to Nikkei, Japan will attempt to beam solar energy from space by 2025. Naoki Shinohara, a professor at Kyoto University who has been researching space-based solar energy since 2009, will lead the project that aims to launch a number of small satellites into orbit. Utilizing orbital sunlight based chargers and microwaves to send energy to Earth was first proposed in 1968. Ever since that time many studies and research is done on the subject.
A few nations, including China and the United States, have pursued the concept with time and resources since then. Orbital solar arrays are a promising source of renewable energy and make the technology appealing.