Saturday, July 9, 2011
Solar panels on the Earth?
"As Japan continues to struggle with the fallout of its Fukushima nuclear disaster, its government is steering the country's energy policy toward solar and other renewable sources. Some Japanese firms are being very aggressive in their application of that vision. Researchers at Shimizu Corp., a construction powerhouse, are proposing to build a 6,800-mile-long, 248-mile-wide ribbon of solar panels around the light side of the moon. The panels would beam enough energy back to Earth to power much of the globe. Is this a serious plan, and could it work?"
Japan is hoping to place a large ribbon of solar panels built from materials indigenous to the Moon as to absorb energy from the sun and send it back to Earth. Right now, this initiative is set to launch 2035, built by robots on the moon.