Young Scientists Journal

Young Scientists Journal

Science written by you, for you

Young Scientists is a free online journal science journal edited and published by young scientists aged between 12 and 20.

Articles are written about a huge range of science and technology subjects, from climate change to nanotechnology. Whether you've done your own research or have an opinion on a major issue of the day, Young Scientists what to hear from you.

You don't have to write for Young Scientists to be involved. You can make a video, post a comment, or talk with other young scientists on the Young Scientists forum.

Have a look at this introduction to Can space-based solar power save the climate?, by Jamie Faure from The King's School Canterbury, featured in Young Scientists Journal.

"What I think has the most potential in reducing global warming is Space-based Solar Power (SBSP). This technology involves placing solar satellites in space, where their energy production is unaffected by seasons, weather, the day and night cycle, and the filtering effect of the Earth's atmosphere.

The Sun's energy for us is virtually unlimited (around 5 billion years to go). In addition, the satellites are placed nearer to the Sun in space than to the Earth, so they receive more of the Sun's energy. The satellite then transmits power to the Earth using a laser or microwave beam. Transmission by microwaves has already been tested by NASA, and proven possible. In space, solar irradiance is 144% higher than in the Earth, which means there is a lot more power available up there!

Japan has already been working on this idea for 30 years and invested over 20 billion dollars, hoping to finish their project by 2030. The Americans and the Russians are also at the breach, working on a similar idea. The problem with this solution is that we would need to make sure the laser or microwave beam is perfectly orientated toward its receptor on Earth, and would not hit planes or other satellites. Further development is needed before this method is actually feasible."

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