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This Japanese Company Wants to Power the Entire Earth With the Moon

The news: Japan’s Shimuzu Corporation has an insane plane to turn the moon into a gigantic solar power plant. The catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has made the Japanese think much more seriously about alternative energy, and Shimuzu is an early leader in developing what some might consider far-fetched plans to “supply energy to the entire world.”

Here’s what they want to do: Build a 12-mile-wide, 6,800-mile-long “Luna Ring” of solar panels on the lunar surface. The gigantic power plant would then beam the collected energy back to planet Earth via microwave beams and lasers.

In a statement to the media, Shimuzu announced:

“A shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind. The Luna Ring, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies.

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 provided a convenient series of infographics detailing the scheme, seen below:


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