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Japan’s Solar Ring Around The Moon

Behold the power of this fully-operational substation!

Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide (pdf) running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the form of microwaves, which are converted into electricity at ground stations.

That means mining construction materials on the Moon and setting up factories to make the solar panels.

I doubt this will ever happen, but thinking big is good.  And if they make the panels on the Moon, at least they’ll be turning moonscape into moonscape.

Posted in SciTech.