12 Jul '11, 2am

Japan’s Shimizu Proposes a Loony Solar Idea

Japan’s Shimizu Proposes a Loony Solar Idea

Taking space-based solar one rather giant leap further, Japan’s respected construction giant Shimizu is recommending that Earthlings build a huge moon-based solar plant to power the entire world from a Lunar Ring. The idea behind Shimizu’s lunar solar belt would be to build an array of solar modules extending like a belt around the 11,000 kilometer equator. Using robots (because they don’t need to breathe), solar modules would be constructed in situ, on the moon, using lunar material resources which Shimizu claims would be adequate for the task. Cables would transfer power from the modules, to transmission facilities which would beam them via microwave to gigantic receivers in the desert or the ocean located at points around the world within proximity to major population areas, so that power could be continuously sent by laser beam to some point on the planet during the Ea...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/07/11/japans-shimizu-propos...

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