China built the world’s first space power plant complex how it will function

(ORDO NEWS) — On the territory of Xidian University in Xi’an (China), he commissioned a ground-based complex for testing technologies for transferring energy from space to Earth.

The complex, 75 meters high, should help to test a number of technologies aimed at creating space solar energy.

What will the complex do?

The structure built at the university will collect solar energy at its top and wirelessly (using an antenna) will transmit it to the ground at a distance of 55 meters.

The test facility is equipped with technologies for light concentration and photoelectric conversion, microwave energy conversion, microwave transmission, signal optimization, microwave beam measurement and control, and microwave reception and detection.

Scientists will also study the optimization of the radiation waveform and methods of transmission control.

The university group is developing its own concept for the generation and transmission of energy from space from geostationary orbit to Earth – Orb-Shape Membrane Energy Gathering Array (SSPS OMEGA).

Also in China, another concept of a solar power plant is being developed – Multi-Rotary (MR SPS) or a multi-rotary station, which will change the angle of inclination of solar panels for optimal power generation.

By the way, the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA) is running another project to transfer energy from orbit to Earth, from which they intend to start working in space in 2028.

Successful technology test

It should be added that at the end of last year, specialists from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the military-industrial company Northrop Grumman conducted the first demonstration of key equipment for generating energy on an industrial scale in Earth orbit as part of the Arachne project.

Layered panels with innovative components have successfully converted solar energy into radio frequencies and transmitted to a receiving device that can be located anywhere on Earth.

The panels themselves are made up of solar cells that absorb solar energy, radio frequency tiles that emit beams of radio energy, and electronics to convert solar energy into radio frequencies.

The start of orbital work under the Arachne program is scheduled for 2025. Its goal is to ensure the uninterrupted supply of electricity to military bases located in remote regions.

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