Ever since the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power station, Japan has been on the lookout for alternative energy solutions to power the country. One company has a solution to the problem which is a little bit, shall we say, “out of this world”.
The Shimizu Corporation has come up with the incredible plan to turn large expanses of the moon into a huge solar power plant which will transmit energy back to Earth. Though the plan sounds completely crazy, it’s been steadily gaining traction in Japan. The project aims to create a huge 12 mile-wide, 6,800 mile long line of solar panels called the “Luna Ring”.
Constructed directly on the surface of the moon, this solar ring would be capable of harnessing power directly from the sun and beaming it to Earth via microwave transmissions. It is estimated that the Luna Ring could provide around 13,000 terawatts of solar energy to be transmitted constantly to specialized receiver stations around Earth.
Interestingly enough, since there are no plans for man to visit the moon since we last set foot there in 1972, the Shimizu Corporation intends for most of the construction of the Luna Ring to be carried out by robots. If successful, the Luna Ring project would provide a constant source of practically inexhaustible, clean energy which could be easily distributed around the planet. However, as tempting as a moon-mounted solar power plant sounds, Luna Ring may not become a reality without serious advancements in the field of robotics.