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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)

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)

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  1. owiekazzowie reblogged this from ordinaryswine
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  3. oldguy75 reblogged this from the-pyroveride and added:
    The same idea was talked about on one of the alt.sci.space groups, but it was just for power on the moon and not nearly...
  4. exxos-von-steamboldt reblogged this from priceofliberty and added:
    The nature of it would have damage from debris fixed readily by robots. Nuclear bombardment would not accomplish much...
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  13. getting-back-to-our-roots reblogged this from 12-gauge-rage and added:
    Cool thought, but completely improbable.
  14. ordinaryswine reblogged this from militantweasel
  15. oww666 reblogged this from 12-gauge-rage and added:
    we can already transmit elec by microwaves
  16. 12-gauge-rage reblogged this from the-pyroveride and added:
    "and relay the resulting constant supply of energy to “receiving stations” on Earth by laser or microwave transmission."...
  17. the-pyroveride reblogged this from mmmmspooky96 and added:
    how the fuq are they gona get the energy collected from it to earth?
  18. tacoman87 reblogged this from c-a-bergamot and added:
    Plus when they beam back the energy to earth the beam will get wider the more it travels and with such a great distance...
  19. marchaig reblogged this from winterduck and added:
    An exciting idea from Japanese engineers who gave us Fukushima.
  20. anarchosaur reblogged this from winterduck
  21. winterduck reblogged this from c-a-bergamot and added:
    I vote to fly Japan and Isreal to the moon so they stop fucking everything up.
  22. c-a-bergamot reblogged this from thecannibalisticsithlord and added:
    Of course, it would be nice if eventually they succeed to have it as an alternative, but when it comes to anything in...
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  27. stuff-that-irks-me reblogged this from xion1212 and added:
    When we build self replicating nanobots (von neuman?) machines then this will be possible, until then an expensive pipe...
  28. super-star-destroyer reblogged this from angry-shaman and added:
    The US did it once just a couple of years ago.
  29. angry-shaman reblogged this from ancapskeletoast and added:
    And completely unnecessary. The amount of solar panel surface area needed to feed the worlds current power demands is...
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