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Japan Wants To Turn The Moon Into A Giant Power Plant
Shimizu Corporation, a Japanese architecture and engineering firm, has a plan to effectively turn the moon into a giant solar power plant, reports Inhabitat.
It proposes building a massive collection of solar panels (a "Luna Ring") 6,800 miles long by 12 miles wide on the moon's surface. That's certainly a heavy-duty construction job for human beings, so Shimizu plans to get the work done with robots, only involving humans in supervisory roles.
Once complete, this hypothetical plant could continuously send energy to "receiving stations" around the globe by way of lasers and microwave transmission. This idea gets around two major hurdles for solar power, as there is no weather or darkness to curb electricity production on the moon. If operating in ship-shape, Shimizu says it could continuously send 13,000 terawatts of power back to Earth. By comparison, the total installed electricity generation summer capacity in the United States was 1,050.9 gigawatts.
It's big thinking that we're skeptical will ever see fruition, but we like where Shimizu's coming from. It believes that "virtually inexhaustible, non-polluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green energy that brings prosperity to nature as well as our lives. Shimizu Corporation proposes the Luna Ring for the infinite coexistence of mankind and the Earth."
Although I respectfully disagree with the last paragraph it would be neat to see this idea become a reality. The hurdles and costs of constructing, placing and maintaining the panels on the moon far outweigh the potential benefits, not to mention all the unknowns, for instance how will the panels be shielded from the constant solar flare bombardment?! Personally I still believe, as some of you might know, that nuclear energy is the savior to the energy crisis, but I support any endeavors like this to find alternatives to the problems we face today.
Getting to the moon has cost more lives than the Fukushima incident which has a current death toll of zero.
But since Fukushima is not the subject matter I would like to ask any contributors after this post to refrain from any remarks to the Fukushima incident. Thank you.
Here’s a quick quiz, readers: how many people have died as a result of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactor?
If you answered in the thousands, you’re way off. If you answered zero, you’re closer, but not quite right either.
The correct, but rarely seen answer is five.
Infants are much more vulnerable to radiation than adults.
However, radiation safety standards are set based on the assumption that everyone in the world is a healthy man in his 20s.
Now, a medical doctor (Janette D. Sherman, M. D.) and epidemiologist (Joseph Mangano) have released a study showing a 28% increase in thyroid problems in babies born in Hawaii and America’s West Coast after the Fukushima nuclear accident.