Japanese firm plans to use the moon as huge renewable power plant

5 years ago by in Technology

An architecture and engineering company in Japan, Shimizu Corporation, plans to turn the moon into a huge solar power plant by building solar panels 6,800 miles long by 12 miles wide on the planet’s surface.

Given the gigantic sizes of the solar panels collection, the company plans to use robots instead of humans to get the work done. The humans will only supervise the whole process.

Once complete, this hypothetical plant could continuously send energy to “receiving stations” around the globe by way of lasers and microwave transmission, according to the international press. This idea gets around two major hurdles for solar power, as there is no weather or darkness to curb electricity production on the moon.

The company officials say the solar panels on the moon could continuously send 13,000 terawatts of power back to Earth, which is, by comparison, around three times more than the amount of power generated by the United States in 2011.

“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,” the company officials said.