Japan To Turn Moon Into Giant Solar Power Plant

6 years ago by: steven jasmine
-- (m) at 28-11-2013 03:34PM

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Shimizu Corporation, a Japanese architecture and engineering firm,
 has a plan to effectively turn the moon into a giant solar power plant.
It proposes building a massive collection of solar panels (a "Luna Ring")
 6,800 miles long by 12 miles wide on the moon's surface.
That's certainly a heavy-duty construction job for human beings, so Shimizu
plans to get the work done with robots, only involving humans in supervisory roles.
Once complete, this hypothetical plant could continuously send energy to
 "receiving stations" around the globe by way of lasers and microwave
This idea gets around two major hurdles for solar power, as there is no weather
 or darkness to curb electricity production on the moon.
If operating in ship-shape, Shimizu says it could continuously send 13,000
 terawatts of power back to Earth.
By comparison, it took the United States all of 2011 to generate 4,100 terawatts
 of power.
It's big thinking that we're skeptical will ever see fruition, but we like where Shimizu's
 coming from.
It believes that "virtually inexhaustible, non-polluting solar energy is the
ultimate source of green energy that brings prosperity to nature as well as
 our lives.
Shimizu Corporation proposes the Luna Ring for the infinite coexistence of mankind
 and the Earth.