Japan’s plan to solve the world’s energy problems: Turn the moon into a giant solar panel
A Japanese construction company is proposing to solve the energy problems facing Japan, and ultimately the entire planet, by turning the Moon into a solar power plant.
Shimizu Corp, which is based in Tokyo, wants to lay a belt of solar panels 350 kilometres wide around the equator of the Moon and relay the resulting constant supply of energy to “receiving stations” on Earth by laser or microwave transmission.
The proposed “Luna Ring” would be capable of sending 13,000 terawatts of power to Earth. In 2011, the United States generated just 4,100 terawatts of power, the company says. (Photo: Shimizu Corporation)