Solar power stations in space could replace need for nuclear plants

A mock up of a solar power plant in space
Solar power stations in space could be the future of renewable energy technology (Image credit: Andreas Treuer/ European Space Agency)

Harnessing the sun’s energy with solar power stations in space and then beaming it down to earth is "theoretically workable" and could provide clean, renewable energy, experts at the European Space Agency (ESA) have said.

One of the main criticisms of (Earth-based) renewable energy is the largely erroneous belief that it is too intermittent. The sun, however, never stops shining in space. 

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