A research team at Xidian University in China announced it has successfully tested technology that would enable a space-based solar power plant that could transmit energy to Earth, akin to similar technology earlier announced by NASA and studied by other groups over the past decade.
The “Daily Project” team, led by Duan Baoyan of Xidian University in Shaanxi province, released a statement on June 14 that said the group has set a target of 2028 to have a solar power plant in space. The project is part of OMEGA, or Orb-Shape Membrane Energy Gathering Array, a space-based proposal for solar power that was first announced in 2014. The research team at that time had set a 2030 goal for deployment of the system.
The research team in a news release said it recently conducted tests in front of several outside energy experts and academics, who verified the successful test on June 5.