Crazy ‘Luna Ring’ Moon Solar Plant Could Beam Constant Green Energy to Earth

by , 11/30/13

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The moon affects the tides on Earth, helps brightens the night sky, and soon it might also provide us with even more solar power. Tokyo-based Shimizu Corporation wants to install a belt of solar panels 250 miles wide around the equator of our orbiting natural satellite. This massive, 6,800 mile long solar array called the “Luna Ring” would then relay a constant stream of energy to receiving stations on the planet by beaming lasers and microwave transmission. The proposed Luna Ring, according to Shimizu’s specifications, would send 13,000 terawatts of power to Earth.

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Shimizu didn’t put a price tag on the moon-bound solar project, but we bet it would be astronomical. Even so, the company says construction work could start as early as 2035. Shimizu believes it can develop robots that will mine the moon’s natural resources to produce the concrete and the solar cells. The 6,800 mile solar belt would eventually provide Earth with a constant stream of solar energy as the moon revolves around our planet.

The project was originally proposed in 2010, but it received renewed interest after the Fukushima Nuclear power plant disaster. In the last year the Fukushima plant has been the subject of constant investigations that have raised questions about the wisdom of operating nuclear plants in Japan. Meanwhile, the island country has been researching and embracing a variety of new energy sources that are greener and safer.

+ Shimizu Corporation

Via Telegraph

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5 Comments

  1. Green Sole February 8, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    We already have a problem with global warming. That warmth is energy in the form of heat, trapped in our atmosphere. This idea is a plan to take even MORE energy from outside our atmosphere and beam it in to this already overheating system. That’s neither green nor safe – it’s just crazy.

    If they could do this on the moon, they could do it much more cheaply and safely over deserts on earth (e.g. the Sahara). This would capture energy which has already entered our ecosystem and use it, and also provide shade in the desert – which could be useful as well (for horticulture etc)

    Energy farms in the Sahara would be much closer, more efficient, safe and easy to transport energy from to places that it could be used (e.g. across Europe, Africa & Asia) than trying to beam energy here from the moon.

  2. Jeremy Boller January 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    This is probably a really bad idea to mess with the Moon because it would destroy the reflection of the moon to earth because the PV panels will collect from them making the night sky black.. and the oceans will become stagnate. Really this is not the right answer.. with standard technology. Without using the moon the idea that mirrors can light up the earth on the dark side, but it may cause adverse effects. The movie BATMAN with George Clooney proposed this concept to unfreeze Gotham..

  3. Lin Tucker October 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    leave the moon alone

  4. RelayerM31 November 30, 2013 at 3:15 am

    The nations with wealth will pay for it and then the poor nations with socialism will demand the energy they didn’t help produce ’cause, ya know, it’s a right.

    No thanks.

  5. Dredd Head November 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    The thought of someone using a spy glass to concentrate the suns beam at one point on out planet seems somehow to bring to mind an 80s SciFi horror movie for some reason.

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