- With no atmosphere, cloudy weather or even night, space is a perfect place to build our solar power stations
- The concept has been around since the 1940s when science fiction posited the idea of a robot-manned power station
- Some variants could provide as much as 1GW of energy beamed to receivers on Earth -- enough to power a large city
- Some scientists say only the cost of putting payloads in space is preventing the idea becoming a reality
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(CNN)In space there's no atmosphere, it's never cloudy, and in geosynchronous orbits it's never night: a perfect place for a solar power station to harvest uninterrupted power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.