Press "Enter" to skip to content

Posts tagged as Aramco

China Plans To Build Space Solar Station

Chinese scientists have revealed plans to build and launch in orbit a space solar station that could capture the Sun’s rays 24/7, Chinese media report.
China has already started to build an early experimental space power plant in the city of Chongqing, The Sydney Morning Herald reported, citing an article in China’s Science and Technology Daily.The space solar station, planned to orbit the Earth at 36,000 kilometers (22,370 miles) could provide an inexhaustible source of clean energy for humans, according to Pang Zhihao, a researcher at the China Academy of Space Technology Corporation.Such solar power technology could supply reliable energy 99 percent of the time and have six times the intensity of the solar farms that work on the earth, the scientist says.China will start by launching small solar stations between 2021 and 2025, while a possible next step would be a Megawatt-level station planned to be built in 2030.The energy from the space solar station would be converted into a microwave or laser beam that would be sent to the earth.
However, the project has two major hurdles to overcome in order to become a practical solution. One is the weight of a space solar station, expected to be more than two times the weight of the International Space Station.The other is the safety impact of laser or microwave beams sent to the earth.Related: 2 Reasons Why Big Oil.Isn’t Rushing Into Renewables China is not the only country studying the potential of harnessing the power of the Sun in space.Caltech for example has its Space Solar Power Project, which has researched the use of ultralight, foldable, 2D integrated elements, Caltech has developed a prototype which collects sunlight, converts it to RF electrical power, then wirelessly transmit that power in a steerable beam.According to Caltech’s research, Collecting solar power in space and transmitting the energy wirelessly to Earth through microwaves enables terrestrial power availability unaffected by weather or time of day.

Please follow and like us:

Saudi crown prince to visit Indonesia next week

Indonesia will host Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a state visit next week, Jakarta said Thursday, part of an Asian tour that includes stops in Pakistan, India and Malaysia.
“He will arrive in Indonesia on February 18, and meet the president on February 19,” presidential spokesman Johan Budi told AFP.
The crown prince is scheduled to visit Pakistan and Malaysia before arriving in Indonesia and then he heads to India.Salman last visited Indonesia with his father King Salman in 2017 as part of an Asian tour seeking investment opportunities.
At that time, Jakarta and Riyadh signed a range of agreements from trade and aviation to boosting cooperation in science, health and fighting crime.They also inked an agreement involving state-owned energy firms Aramco and Indonesia´s Pertamina to expand a multi-billion-dollar oil refinery in the Southeast Asian nation.Next week´s trip comes as the crown prince continues to be tarnished by his alleged links to the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The CIA has concluded the Saudi operation was likely directed by the powerful crown prince, but the White House has sidestepped that finding amid strenuous denials by Riyadh.

Please follow and like us: