Harvesting energy in green ways is more and more important. We all realize that we have to take care of our planet and preserve its resources. As a result, more and more companies are focusing their attention on developing systems that can harvest solar and wind energy in the best way possible.
A Tokyo-based corporation has a very bold idea. They plan to install a belt of solar panels around the moon. These panels, called the Luna Ring, would harvest the energy and then beam it to Earth.
The Luna Ring would be made of a belt of panels stretching on 250 miles. It would go around the Moon, above its equator. The project is being developed by the Shimizu Corporation. If it works, the company believes the Luna Ring would be able to send 13,000 terawatts of power to Earth.
In order to build the Ring, the company would place robots and automated equipment on the surface of the Moon. They would harvest the necessary resources for the construction of the Luna Ring. The robots would also be the ones that will build the necessary solar cells.
Before 2011 and the tsunami that crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan was known to rely heavily on nuclear power. Since then, the need to find alternative means of harvesting energy has arisen. The Luna Ring had first been designed before March 2011. In wake of that disaster, more and more people are looking favorably at the project.
Although the project is quite expensive, the Shimizu Corporation believes construction could begin in 2035. The company stated the payoff would come in the form of “virtually inexhaustible, non-polluting solar energy” that is “the ultimate source of green energy”. What do you think of the Luna Ring project?