As Britain continues to grapple with an ongoing energy crisis, £3million will be injected into a space-based solar power project, which collects the Sun’s energy using solar panels orbiting the Earth. The exciting new initiative could hand the UK a lifeline as it aims to deliver clean energy day and night and would be unaffected by the weather.
The boost could see the UK on the path to becoming a “science superpower”.
It will also see the nation’s reliance on volatile fossil fuels decrease, while reducing the UK’s contributions to climate change.
Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said it was a “major milestone” for the UK’s National Space Strategy.
He said: “Space-based solar power could provide an affordable, clean and reliable source of energy for the whole world to benefit from, helping the move away from expensive fossil fuels.
“Today’s investment is an exciting example of how we can go even further in our ambitions to make the UK a science superpower.”
Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has been appointed as the first-ever National Space Champion.
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It is four times more powerful than the sensors used on existing satellites.
Dr Paul Bate, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said the project would help solve “some of the most significant challenges we face”.
He said: “Satellite technology is helping us solve some of the most significant challenges we face.
“We’re working with the space sector to drive innovation, catalyse investment and bring tangible benefits to people and businesses across the UK.
“As these two new projects show, space is not only vital in helping us monitor the weather and our environment, it can also provide new solutions to our future energy needs and support the global fight against climate change.”