Science and Technology,Solar power from space,Beam it down, Scotty.
Harvesting solar power in space, for use on Earth, comes a step closer to reality
THE idea of collecting solar energy in space and beaming it to Earth has been around for at least 70 years.
In "Reason", a short story by Isaac Asimov that was published in 1941, a space station transmits energy collected from the sun to various planets using microwave beams.
艾萨克·阿西莫夫(Isaac Asimov )在1941年出版的短篇小说Reason中曾设想利用微波束将空间站收集到的太阳能传送到各类行星上。
The advantage of intercepting sunlight in space, instead of letting it find its own way through the atmosphere, is that so much gets absorbed by the air.