Whilst the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant is an on-going tragedy for Japan, it may end up being the trigger for something wonderful.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled a proposal to build solar farms in space. If the proposal goes ahead, it could solve Japan’s power problems, and allow the country to decommission at least some of its nuclear power plants. It could also usher in a whole new era of clean energy for the world as a whole.
The following quote from JAXA researcher Susumu Sasaki really struck a chord with me :
It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms. Throughout human history, the introduction of each new energy source—beginning with firewood, and moving on through coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power—has caused a revolution in our way of living. If humanity truly embraces space-based solar power, a ring of satellites in orbit could provide nearly unlimited energy, ending the biggest conflicts over Earth’s energy resources. As we place more of the machinery of daily life in space, we’ll begin to create a prosperous and peaceful civilization beyond Earth’s surface.
You can find the full article on the Venture Beat website :