Japanese Scientists Devise Way To Send Power Through Space With Microwaves

March 12, 2015 10:41 AM

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Japanese Scientists Devise Way To Send Power Through Space With Microwaves

Scientists at Japan’s space agency successfully transmitted energy over a distance wirelessly, in what officials called a key step in space exploration that could make solar power generation in space a possibility, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said Thursday.

Researchers used microwaves to transmit 1.8 kilowatts of power accurately to a receiver 55 meters (170 feet) away. A JAXA spokesman said the distance and power were small, but the technology could one day be used to tap the prodigious solar energy available in space, Agence France-Presse reported.

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