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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 03:22 PM

A Japanese construction firm is proposing to solve the well-documented energy problems facing Japan - and ultimately the entire planet - by turning the moon into a colossal solar power plant.

Tokyo-based Shimizu Corp. wants to lay a belt of solar panels 250 miles wide around the equator of our closest neighbour and then relay the constant supply of energy to "receiving stations" on Earth by way of lasers or microwave transmission.

http://www.telegraph...round-Moon.html

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 03:32 PM

It's about time


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 04:36 PM

Don't mess with the Moon, man.

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 04:58 PM

Kind of a silly plan.


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 05:20 PM

View PostRazer, on 28 November 2013 - 04:58 PM, said:

Kind of a silly plan.
Silly in what way?


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 05:36 PM

My concern is - that with plans like this, the world will start bickering about who does what on the moon.... if only humans could take such power and make it free for all of us...

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 05:48 PM

This.....is awesome!

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 06:17 PM

The idea itself isn´t unsexy. But since the Fukushima desaster I have very little confidence in japaneese engineer skills, especially in connection to machines that procude more than 200KW. As per SHIMIZU homepage, the energy tranfer to earth will be processed by laser + microwaves. So in case of failure the chance is given, that these waves will burn some nice hot stripes across the planets surface. ("Solly fol that, we will pay, we will pay!")

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 07:55 PM

cool idea, but the prices to get all that up there is allot.


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:10 PM

Yeah, I know it's just a proposal, and most proposal's go no-where off the "drawing board"

But to comment on it anyway...

I think the cost alone would be "astronomical", given the scale of their proposal.

And, as already pointed-out here by toast, the danger's of having such a high-powered energy transfer torwards Earth likely would not sit well with many people.

Also, for such a massive moon-project, I assume the U.N. would have to approve it, which I find highly unlikely.

Edited by pallidin, 28 November 2013 - 11:13 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:42 PM

Are there any international treaties regarding exploitation of the moon or is it first come first serve?

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 02:13 PM

Are though there was international law that states anyone can explore the moon but no government can lay claim to it! If Japan were to build this then would that not contradict international law?
I think this has more success going for it if it was a private company or group of companies who created it for ALL the worlds needs rather than an individual government. The fact is that with so many wars and superiority created over a few million barrels of oil..... imagine the power a single nation could wield if it owned ALL the energy that could power the entire planet! Japan would become the biggest and richest super-nation on the planet!

I would rather that we had greedy corporations like Apple, Facebook, Google, Nike, etc all come together and develop the technology and make it happen than to allow a single nation all that power. That way it will only be our pockets that are hit for energy needs, and not our borders and soldiers!


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:06 PM

Why are they worrying about that right now?  Theres no reason to even think about planning that.  By then new technology will exist that will make this thing redundant.  But they already know that, so why even come out to the public with this crap.


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:12 PM

Japan has a history of making huge construction plans and not following through... I don't see this as anything more than science fiction until we have the technology to actually get back to the moon...


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:15 PM

View PostThe Black Ghost, on 30 November 2013 - 05:12 PM, said:

Japan has a history of making huge construction plans and not following through... I don't see this as anything more than science fiction until we have the technology to actually get back to the moon...
If we could get to the moon in 1969 I'm pretty sure our technology would get us there now





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