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    Default Not related to cars, but still cool

    Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)say they were able to transmit 1.8 kilowatts of solar-generated power using microwaves sent to a receiver more than 180 feet from the power source, and in conjunction with 3D printing, the technology might one day be used to drive vehicles or “factories” in space.


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    Ooo! Very cool!
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    "That's no moon. It's a space station."

    How much longer until the Japanese are shooting energy beams to earth from a moon crater?
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    Wireless power is pretty wild.
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    George Friedman in his book The Next 100 Years predicts that around 2060 the US will have a solar array in space about the size of New Mexico. Without the atmosphere diluting solar energy and the gains to be made in solar cells he says the array will power all the required power for the US. In fact, he says the US will become a net-exporter of energy globally as the US will be the only country capable of doing something on this scale.

    He says we will make more than enough power even given our increasing power consumption trends due to all the electronics, automation in factories, etc. It is a good book, fascinating, and a bit out there in some of the predictions, but still most all of them seem cogent and believable. I recommend the book or audio version.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Next-100-Y.../dp/0767923057

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    Very cool, indeed. I love reading about stuff like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeColangelo View Post
    Very cool, indeed. I love reading about stuff like this.
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    Oh, I forgot to mention that he says the solar energy is going to be converted to microwave, beam down and turned into AC power and put on the US distribution grid.

    He says we had the industrial revolution, the transportation revolution and the information revolution. The next revolution is the energy revolution and it happens as a result of World War III. He says if you think we had a "lot of wars the last century, just wait until this one." He goes one to point out that the last century we were in wars 47 years out of 100. This century so far we have been at war every year out of 15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olitho View Post
    Oh, I forgot to mention that he says the solar energy is going to be converted to microwave, beam down and turned into AC power and put on the US distribution grid.

    He says we had the industrial revolution, the transportation revolution and the information revolution. The next revolution is the energy revolution and it happens as a result of World War III. He says if you think we had a "lot of wars the last century, just wait until this one." He goes one to point out that the last century we were in wars 47 years out of 100. This century so far we have been at war every year out of 15.
    Meh. In terms of casualties per capita, we are in some of the most peaceful times ever.

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    Oy vey. Let's get back to cars . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    Oy vey. Let's get back to cars . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olitho View Post
    George Friedman in his book The Next 100 Years predicts that around 2060 the US will have a solar array in space about the size of New Mexico.
    I had this discussion over dinner with Dr Max Faget of the Johnson Space Center in Houston in 1977 when I was leaving there. He predicted that we would need to have them in place by the year 2000 or we would be in deep ****. It is an interesting concept, but most people have no concept of the technical challenges to built VERY large structures in space, not to mention costs. Imagine too, what the environmentalists will say about blasting parts of the Earth with millions of megawatt beams of microwave energy.

    The next night I had dinner with a major oil industry guy, who said we had oil reserves that would carry us through to 2100.

    Two experts, two entirely different opinions.
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