A Japanese company has a clever idea...Shimizu Corporation's Luna Ring project would stretch 6,790 miles of solar panels around the moon's equator. The giant ring would also be 250 miles wide. All of it made from the moon itself.
The moon rotates neatly like a pie plate on a stick, not tilted like the Earth. And the moon has no clouds to block sunlight. So the panels will get direct sunlight exposure 100% of the time.
The 13,000 terawatts of continuous solar energy harvested each day would then be shipped back to Earth in real-time via microwave and laser beams.
And guess what's recharged interest in the venture? The wreck that is Fukushima. Ironically the nuke plant disaster is giving birth to an idea that would power not just Japan but the rest of the world too.
Isn't that a hoot?