Man hasn’t been back to the moon since 1972, but that hasn’t stopped a team of Japanese engineers from developing a plan to turn our celestial neighbor into a massive solar power plant. The disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power station has made Japan think more seriously about alternative energy, and as a result Shimizu Corporation‘s crazy plan has been gaining traction. The plan calls for a massive 12 mile-wide, 6,800 mile long “Luna Ring” of solar panels to be constructed on the moon’s surface. The solar belt would then harness solar power directly from the sun and then beam it straight to Earth via microwaves and lasers.

Shimizu Corporation said on its website: ‘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 firm claims the project would eliminate inefficiency due to bad weather and fulfil all of the world’s energy needs. The plans call for astronauts to return to the moon and begin work with the help of robots that will be required to level the highly-cratered surface. It claims the soil on the moon can be used to make water, concrete, oxygen and ceramics necessary for the project. Construction of a railway system to convey materials for maintenance would also be a feature of the project.

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