CHINA - Space-Based Solar Energy Station

Arno Froese

With more than a third of days marred by fog all year round, Chongqing city in southwestern China is not the ideal place for a solar power plant. But soon it will have the nation’s first experimental facility to test a revolutionary technology allowing China to send, and receive, a powerful energy beam from space in about a decade, according to scientists involved in the project.

An intensive energy beam would need to penetrate the cloud efficiently and hit a ground station directly and precisely. Researchers at the Bishan facility will work on these and other projects.

A solar energy plant is not efficient because it only operates during the day, and the atmosphere reflects or absorbs nearly half the energy in the sunlight.

Since the 1960s, some space scientists and engineers have been attracted to the idea of a solar station in space. From an altitude of 36,000km (22,400 miles) or above, a geo-stationary solar plant can avoid the Earth’s shadow and see the sun 24 hours a day.

The core experimental zone will be 2 hectares (4.9 acres) and surrounded by a clearance zone five times larger. Local residents are not allowed to enter the buffer zone for their own safety, according to the district government.

The safety risk of a space solar plant is not negligible, according to some recent studies in China.

When the huge solar panels turn to chase the sun, for instance, they could produce small but persistent vibrations in the microwave beaming gun that could cause a misfire. The “space farm” would therefore need an extremely sophisticated flight control system to maintain its aim at a tiny spot on Earth.

Most new energy sources, such as solar and wind, are not stable. With other options, such as fusion nuclear technology still being technically uncertain, a space-based solar power system “will be a major strategic choice,” professor Ge Changchun wrote.

The research team in Chongqing could not be reached for comment. According to openly available information, the Bishan testing site will be a dual-use facility for military and civilian researchers.

China lags behind the US in space technology at present, but the program will put China in a lead position in the race, they said.

-www.scmp.com, 17 August 2021

Arno's Commentary

Another goal, another race, and another step toward independence from God the Creator.

Often, we vastly underestimate the progress mankind has made. Not by creating something, but by taking advantage of, copying, and improving the intricate details of creation. In this case, it’s not the sun giving us light during the day, but space—from 36,000 km—to see the sun 24 hours a day.

Whether this will be implemented is not an issue of “if,” but rather when. China’s government announced that by 2060, the nation will be carbon neutral. 

There are many voices of concern, even fear, regarding communist China’s amazing progress. Where will it lead? We repeat: to a more peaceful, prosperous, and secure global society.

We must keep in mind that the devil rules planet earth. Why? Because of sin: “He who sins is of the devil.” That includes all of us, but there is an escape: faith in the accomplished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross, when He poured out His life in His blood and exclaimed, “It is finished.” It is He who will establish a real peaceful, prosperous, and secure global society. Subsequently, it stands to reason that the spirit of Antichrist, the demonic forces under the heavens, must mimic this future fulfillment.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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