CHINA remains firmly committed to building a solar power plant in space by 2028 as part of the country’s grand plans.
The futuristic project aims to beam energy back to Earth.
It is also used to power the satellites in orbit.
China plans to test key parts needed to make it a reality on its new Tiangong space station, a senior official told state media.
The secret state’s response to the International Space Station (ISS) received its final part in early November.
It has robotic arms on the outside that will be used to test the assembly of parts for a complete solar energy test system in orbit, chief designer Yang Hong is quoted as saying CGTN.
After that, the power plant will move to a higher orbit and expand its antenna and battery arrays, and an accompanying satellite will be launched, he added.
The ambitious idea will generate solar energy the same way Kit does on Earth, using the sun’s rays.
Big polluter China hopes the plan will help it meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2060.
2028 is the year China wants to test a small power plant.
But it will only be able to generate 10 kilowatts of electricity, which is just enough to power a handful of homes.
By 2035, an expanded power plant should be able to distribute even more energy.
The big goal by 2050 is when China wants to be able to generate as much energy as a current nuclear power plant.
Nasa proposed a similar idea more than two decades ago, but never got off the ground.
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