Japanese Company Looks Heavenward; Aims at Harnessing Energy from Moon With Solar Panels

May 31, 2011 / 2 Comments

A group of Japan’s engineers plans to exploit moon for an everlasting generation of power. It is a fact that four decades have passed since humans last set foot on the moon. Japanese major Shimizu Corporation has now charted out a novel idea for generation of alternative energy, following realization that Japan’s energy system has been dealt with a massive blow by the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power station. Shimizu’s program calls for a massive 12 mile-wide, 6,800 mile long “Luna Ring” of solar panels to be constructed on the moon’s surface. The solar panels will harness solar power directly from the sun and then radiate it straight to Earth via microwaves and lasers.

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As per Shimizu Corporation’s estimate, it can potentially raise 13,000 terawatts of continuous energy sent to various receiving stations around the Earth that in turn can be distributed to earth’s population.

With NASA’s expedition plans for the moon grinding to an indefinite halt, the innovative Japanese company hopes on building the huge lunar construction project with aid of what Japan is good at, the robots. In fact, humans will be seldom involved in moon except for just supervising the functions.

The company believes that a shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind. The Luna Ring aims will put to play ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies.

However, there are many who feel that the concept will remain on paper.

(Via Inhabitat)