It sounds like a tale from a science fiction novel, but a team of Japanese engineers is hoping to turn the moon into a giant solar panel.
Shimizu, a giant civil engineering and construction firm plans to install a ‘solar belt’ around the moon’s equator.
To be built almost entirely by remote-controlled robots, the Luna Ring would run around the 6,800 mile lunar equator and be 248 miles in width.
The solar energy collected would be converted and beamed back to earth as microwaves and laser, where it will then be converted into electricity and potentially supplied to the national grid.
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