Those will then try to beam the solar energy the arrays collect to groundbased receiving stations hundreds of miles away.
Using orbital solar panels and microwaves to send energy to Earth was first proposed in 1968.
In space, solar panels can collect energy no matter the time of day, and by using microwaves to beam the power they produce, clouds arent a concern either.
Now, Japan is poised to bring the technology one step closer to reality.
Nikkei reports a Japanese publicprivate partnership will attempt to beam solar energy from space as early as 2025.