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Japan to place giant solar belt around moon


Posted on Saturday, 30 November, 2013 | Comment icon 43 comments

The solar array could generate 13,000 terawatts of power. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A Japanese firm is aiming to build a huge 250-mile-wide belt of solar panels around the moon's equator.
In a bid to help solve Japan's energy problems, Shimizu Corp. has drawn up plans to construct an ambitious power generation facility that will take up permanent residence around the moon in the form of a vast array of solar panels.

The "Luna ring" would generate more than three times the average power generated by the entire United States in a year and then relay that energy back to a number of special receiving stations using either lasers or microwave radiation.

Not only could this system solve Japan's energy problems but potentially everyone else's as well, providing a practically unlimited supply of clean energy to wherever it is needed while eliminating the need for nuclear power plants.

Shimizu believes that construction of the ring could begin in 2035 and that automated robots could be used to mine materials from the moon to build it. Once completed the engineering wonder would stretch 6,800 miles around the moon's equator where it would be able to convert the sun's rays in to energy 24 hours a day.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (43)

Tags: Japan, Solar Panel


 
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Comment icon #34 Posted by Finity on 2 December, 2013, 19:16
You would probably need more materials than are availible on the entire earth to make these panels. Then you would need people to maintain them as they get smashed by small meteors and covered in dust etc. which would be a mammoth task
Comment icon #35 Posted by promKing on 10 December, 2013, 14:11
1% of Sahara covered with solar thermal power-plants would be enough to provide whole world with electricity and they can't even do that. These squares represent how much land would be needed to power the world, Europe or Germany with solar-thermal power. Not to mention that much cheaper than Japan's Moon plan would be developing nuclear fusion that would benefit humanity tremendously: for starters it would bring cheap electricity to everyone; it would end world hunger because at it's core matter can be changed on molecular level putting of instance rocks and getting food; it would give us ene... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by bulveye on 10 December, 2013, 14:21
It does seem like an expensive project to get power and I agree with other people when they say that beaming back all the power with microwaves and lasers is a nasty accident waiting to happen. There are plenty of deserts to build solar power systems on.
Comment icon #37 Posted by spacecowboy342 on 10 December, 2013, 22:20
Not many in Japan
Comment icon #38 Posted by promKing on 11 December, 2013, 8:57
Politicians think that to fight for freedom and independence you have to go and fight in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan... Like George W. Bush has said that Iraq is „the central front in the War on Terrorism.“ He is wrong. The central, decisive front is America's fight for energy independence. The world economy is currently running on a resource that is controlled by our enemies. This threatens to leave us prostrate. It must change—and the good news is that it can change, quickly. Using portions of the hundreds of billions of petrodollars they are annually draining from our economy, the Saudis ha... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by spacecowboy342 on 11 December, 2013, 9:58
I still think solar is the way to go. The sun is putting out terawatts of energy. Why not use it? Fusion is a good option as well. But as I understand it we can only initiate fusion for a fraction of a second right now. There is a huge fusion reactor going 93 million miles away.
Comment icon #40 Posted by toast on 11 December, 2013, 10:26
1% of Sahara covered with solar thermal power-plants would be enough to provide whole world with electricity and they can't even do that. These squares represent how much land would be needed to power the world, Europe or Germany with solar-thermal power. Yes, thatīs quite correct by math but itīs a bad choise to get again into dependency to regions with an insecure political and religious future developement.
Comment icon #41 Posted by promKing on 12 December, 2013, 9:33
Yes, thatīs quite correct by math but itīs a bad choise to get again into dependency to regions with an insecure political and religious future developement. Actually oil draining is much bigger security risk than that of a thermal solar farms in Sahara or deserts in US and Mexico. Take just for instance in the summer of 2002, a group of Saudis was arrested for plotting to sabotage Ras Tanura, the world's largest offshore oil loading facility, through which a tenth of global oil supply flows daily. A successful attack on Ras Tanura could have taken up to half of Saudi oil off the market for a ... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by toast on 12 December, 2013, 9:58
Actually oil draining is much bigger security risk than that of a thermal solar farms in Sahara (...) The content of my statement is of strategic nature in relation to long-term decisions, thatīs why I have added the word "future" into: Yes, thatīs quite correct by math but itīs a bad choise to get again into dependency to regions with an insecure political and religious future developement.
Comment icon #43 Posted by scowl on 13 December, 2013, 1:02
Yet another possibility is that Venezuela, with its anti-American, pro-Iranian president Hugo Chavez, might decide to stop selling Oil to United States and sell it to China, the second largest guzzler of oil. Loco Hugo died several months ago.


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