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UK to build solar power plant in orbit with SpaceX

The British government is considering building and developing a £ 16bn solar power plant that will store green energy in space.

The government has recently released a draft innovation project called Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which also includes a section on space-based solar energy. This is one of the many possible solutions to help the country achieve its zero carbon emissions target by 2050. Next web Magazine.

The Space Energy Initiative (SEI) project aims to build the first space power station in space by 2035, recently proposed by a British MP Mark Garnier. The SpaceX projected solar satellite could be placed in Earth orbit.

The UK was not the first to propose the construction of space-based solar power plants: last year, China also announced plans to test technology to collect solar energy in the universe and then send it to power plants on Earth. Concentrated beam.

The UK government expects the space-based solar power plant to use a satellite with solar panels. Transmitting energy to the earth through high frequency radio wavesThere they are converted into electricity before being fed into the grid.

Unlike terrestrial solar power plants that are affected by the weather and generate electricity during the day, an orbital solar power plant flies into Earth-level orbit, meaning that sunlight is constantly exposed.

The cost and emissions of setting up a station of this size are a potential impediment to a project aimed at reducing the cost of renewable energy and achieving climate goals.

That is why the British hope that SpaceX can rush to their aid and work together to solve any problem that may arise. The private aerospace company may not yet have a deal with SEI, but the company is still developing its own technology, so it is questionable what will happen to the collaboration that will finally end.

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