Luna Ring – Installing Solar Panels On The Moon And Beaming Generated Electricity To Earth. [Video]

Solar panels on the moon beaming electricity to Earth.

It’s called the Luna Ring and it’s one of Shimizu Corporation’s sustainable ideas for powering future Earth. It’s not a new idea but the Luna Rings video is making the rounds again. Here are some tech specs on the Luna Ring:

“The Shimizu Corporation proposes creating a ‘Luna Ring’ using materials derived from lunar soil along its 11,000-km (6,800-mile) equator. The plan involves starting with an array that’s a few kilometers wide and eventually increasing that to around 400 km (250 miles).

The goal is to generate a continuous stream of power from the side of the Moon that’s always facing the Sun, and beam it down to Earth from the side that’s in shadow. It’s an ambitious idea that calls for assembling machinery transported from Earth and using tele-operated robots to do the actual construction on the Moon’s surface, once it arrives.

The multi-phase project, to be spread out over a period of 30 years, envisions creating construction materials using a combination of strategies. Water, the firm claims, could be produced by reducing lunar soil with hydrogen imported from Earth. The company also proposes making lunar concrete by extracting cementing material, and utilizing solar-heat treatment processes to create bricks, ceramics, and glass fibers. The concept also calls for remotely-controlled robots to undertake tasks such as excavating the surroundings, leveling the ground and laying out solar panel-studded concrete. Embedded cables could transfer the collected solar energy and send it to transmission stations.

Power could be beamed to the Earth through microwave power transmission antennas, about 20 m (65 ft) in diameter, and high density lasers, both guided by radio beacons. Microwave power receiving rectennas on Earth, located offshore or in areas with little cloud cover, could convert the received microwave power into DC electricity.”

So besides everything, what could go wrong with Luna Ring? This makes my idea to dam the mouth of Puget Sound, drain it, so I can catch all of the salmon seem sane. I think I’ll put my idea on a 30 year plan. [Gizmag]

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Thank You Rudy E. of Maine For Ordering Edison-Style LED Light Bulbs From Jubbling.

Edison Style LED Light Bulbs - 35 Watt Equivalent.A big thank you to Rudy E. of Maine for ordering Edison-style LED light bulbs from our Jubbling store.

In addition to making the switch to LED lighting, Rudy is also Jubbling by:

  • Spending the last 30 years trying to reduce the amount of energy he uses.
  • Living off-the-grid using wind & solar for most of the 1990’s.
  • Now living in a home that has a grid-tied PV system that supplies about 95% of the energy.
  • Drives a Chevy Volt plug-in.

LightHawk | Volunteer Pilots Donating Flights to Elevate ConservationAnother way Rudy is Jubbling is by leading LightHawk.org – an organization that pairs conservationists, who need a bird’s eye-view, with pilots willing to donate flight time. From LightHawk.org:

“LightHawk provides flight as a tool to protect land, water and wildlife in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and parts of Canada.”

Thanks again Rudy; we appreciate your order and your Jubbling.


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Top 10 Solar States of 2012.

Top 10 Solar States in 2012From the Solar Energy Industry Association


New Jersey is a solar star with 1GW of installed solar. And Texas? Texas is the state with the most potential. [SEIA]


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Suntech Power Declares Bankruptcy.

Suntech Power Declares Bankruptcy

“You made your bed, now lie in it.”

The expression kind of nails it. What was great for consumers and solar panel installers was slowly killing solar panel manufacture Suntech Power. Once the world’s largest solar panel manufacture, Suntech Power is now being forced into bankruptcy. Over production and the corresponding price drops were just part of Suntech Power’s problems. [USA Today via Greentech Media]

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West Virginia Family Living Well Off The Grid.

Living off the grid in West Virginia - Sonny and Linda Jobe's Solar Powered Pothole FarmEntering retirement age, Sonny and Linda Jobe decided to make a change and live entirely off the grid by purchasing and outfitting a farm house in Doddridge County West Virginia with 20 solar panels. The solar panels produce most of the power they use – 18 panels for electricity and 2 panels dedicated to powering their hot water heater. How do they do it? By owning a small home and adapting their lifestyle. From Sonny Jobe:

“If it’s gonna be sunny, it’s when we’ll do most of the cleaning and things – between vacuuming and 3 or 4 loads of laundry.”

Check out the full story to find out how the Jobes are further adapting during the winter months. [MNN]


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What Would It Take To Power New York State On Only Wind, Water And Sunlight?

Wind, water and sunlight power.

“We must be ambitious if we want to promote energy independence and curb global warming,”
Study co-author Robert Howarth, Cornell University

Professor Mark Z. Jacobson, a senior fellow with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy, led a study to calculate what it would take to power the State of New York by 2030 with only renewable energy generated from wind, water and sunlight. Currently, almost all of New York’s power comes from gas, oil and coal.

Based on power demand forecasts for all industries, here’s what Professor Jacobson and his team determined would be needed:

  • 4,020 onshore 5-megawatt wind turbines
  • 12,770 offshore 5-megawatt wind turbines
  • 387 100-megawatt concentrated solar plants
  • 828 50-megawatt photovoltaic power plants
  • 5 million 5-kilowatt residential rooftop photovoltaic systems
  • 500,000 100-kilowatt commercial/government rooftop photovoltaic systems
  • 36 100-megawatt geothermal plants
  • 1,910 0.75-megawatt wave devices
  • 2,600 1-megawatt tidal turbines
  • 7 1,300-megawatt hydroelectric power plants, of which most exist

Looks like a lot and it is but it’s an investment. If installed, renewable energy would be the fuel source for vehicles, home heating and all industries in the state – it would be powering everything. Check out the full article on the study and find out how the plan, if implemented, would save billions in pollution related healthcare costs and help mitigate the future costs of climate change. [EurekAlert via e360]

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