Yes, Japanese scientists have successfully transmitted energy wirelessly, which is a key step to making solar power generation in space a possibility. The team at JAXA used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power – enough to run an electric kettle – through the air with pinpoint accuracy to a receiver 170-feet away. Continue reading for a video an more information.
“Solar power generation in space has many advantages over its Earth-based cousin, notably the permanent availability of energy, regardless of weather or time of day. While man-made satellites, such as the International Space Station, have long since been able to use the solar energy that washes over them from the sun, getting that power down to Earth where people can use it has been the thing of science fiction,” reports PhysOrg.