Catchup from 28th November. Sounds good in theory but can we really put a ring of solar panels around the moon and beam all that energy back to earth? Some lunar haikus set the scene.
|Moon of mother earth.
Circling child, expectant face.
28th November 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “Japanese engineers plan to turn the moon into a giant solar panel station.” Shimizu, a giant civil engineering and construction firm, plans to install a ‘solar belt’ around the moon’s equator. To be built almost entirely by remote-controlled robots, the Luna Ring would run around the 6,800 mile lunar equator and be 248 miles in width. The solar energy collected would converted and beamed back to earth as microwaves and laser, where it would then be converted into electricity and then potentially supplied to the national grid.
- Japanese firm plans 250 mile-wide solar panel belt around Moon… (telegraph.co.uk)
- Japan Wants To Turn The Moon Into A Giant Power Plant (techstring.wordpress.com)
- Japanese Engineers planning to get POWER from MOON (myscienceacademy.org)