Japanese engineers plan to turn the moon into a giant solar panel station

The Moon as seen by an observer from Earth. So...

The Moon as seen by an observer from Earth. Some people claim that private ownership of the Moon might be possible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

 

Moonlit

Moon of mother earth.
Circling child, expectant face.
Harnessed, harnessing.

Shimizu magic
solar belt grasps the power
energising field.

Promethean store.
Thirteen thousand terawatts
lasered back to earth.

Solar energy
captured by the Luna Ring.
Caged hope of planet’s future.

 

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.

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