On July, 13th a group of European companies and the DESERTEC Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim to put the DESERTEC Concept (solar power from desert wastelands) into effect in the EUMENA Region (http://www.desertec.org/). Transmitting electricity to Europe by standard powerlines, however, would be very costly and about 30% of the energy would be lost in transmission. Enter wireless power transmission. In 2008 former NASA executive and physicist John Mankins captured solar energy from a mountain top in Maui and beamed it 92 miles to the main island of Hawaii (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/09/visionary-beams/). Mankins claims they could possibly achieve up to 64% efficiency, not far away from wired transmission, without the cost and the need to protect the route. Now take this concept and apply it to space solar. Mankins says we can get a demonstration system (collecting 5 times as much solar energy per unit of collector, than on Earth) in orbit in 6-7 years and could have a full scale operation system up in 10-15 years. I am not one to suggest silver bullets for our current energy and climate change problems, but this looks like technology worth spending some hard money on, at least to a demonstration level.