posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 12:07 AM
02 June 2010
The Shimizu Corporation, a Japanese construction firm, has recently proposed a plan to harness solar energy on a larger scale than almost any
previously proposed concept. Their ambitious plan involves building a belt of solar cells around the Moon’s 6,800-mile (11,000-kilometer) equator,
converting the electricity to powerful microwaves and lasers to be beamed at Earth, and finally converting the beams back to electricity at
terrestrial power stations. The Luna Ring concept, the company says, could meet the entire world's energy needs.
Shimizu envisions that robots would play a vital role in building the Luna Ring. Teleoperated 24 hours a day from the Earth, the robots would perform
tasks such as ground leveling and assembling machines and equipment, which would be done in space before landing them on the Moon. A team of
astronauts would support the robots on-site.
The Luna Ring: Electric power generated by a belt of solar cells around the lunar equator would be transmitted and beamed to the Earth from the near
side of the Moon. Image credit: Shimizu Corporation.
This would be good if they can pull it off, seems plausible but on the other hand it seems that every time we hear about some great new technology it
never happens or TPTB stop it, like everything else I expect this will go away, hope not because we need alternative energy more then ever.
[edit on 4-6-2010 by Aquarius1]