Solar panels in space could help power the UK by 2039, claims report

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Space 18 August 2021

By Adam Vaughan

Solar panels in space

Space-based solar power is being considered as a green energy source

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Solar power beamed from satellites could provide the UK with a continuous supply of green energy as soon as 2039, according to a report commissioned by the government’s space agency.

The idea of space-based solar power dates back to a 1941 short story by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov and a 1968 paper in the journal Science, but technology developments and climate change concerns means the concept has seen renewed interest in recent years from China, Japan, the US and, …

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