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Funded by the Discovery Channel, John C. Mankins finished a four month experiment which began by collecting solar power, nothing out of the ordinary. What happened next was relatively extraordinary, though -- he transmitted the power 92 miles (148 km) between two Hawaiian Islands.
Terrestrial power transmission is only of interest to Mr. Mankins as a proof of concept. Mr. Mankins' true plans are out of this world. He envisions a network of 1,102 lb. (500 kg) satellites beaming solar power collected from panels back to Earth, satisfying all the world's power needs.
The U.S. military is investigating similar plans to use satellite based solar power to beam power to troops on the battlefield.
Originally posted by johnsky
Remembering back to lessons on Tesla, and private studies on the man...
He was denied funding for his work on wireless power transmissions because it would be impossible to track how much power the individual user is required to pay for.
Basically it was denied because his benefactor couldn't "put a meter on it".
My question is, can this system be metered? Who will foot the bill for the satellites? The tax payers? Or will they find a way to meter it, and hence, bill directly through the power companies?
Originally posted by Psychopump
A non-monetary society takes away most of the power that the rich and powerful have, and takes us closer to the utopian ideals of Marxism.
This is something that cannot be tolerated by the few that have so much more than the masses.
Originally posted by buddhasystem
...New technologies in themselves, however revolutionary, do not lead to revolutions in society.