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New Plan for ‘Luna Ring’ Could Bring Renewable Energy from the Moon

New Plan for 'Luna Ring' Could Bring Renewable Energy from the Moon

Those of us in Nebraska probably noticed the Artic front that rolled in over the weekend. In Omaha yesterday, it was -10 degrees, and all of us felt the effects.

Sure enough, it appears that climate change is making an impact here in the Midwest—and all over the rest of the United States. It’s a big issue facing the world today, and we here at Dream It Do It Nebraska believe that advances in engineering and technology are the keys to helping solve this (and other) problems.

The solutions for the problems facing the world today range from plain old boring to downright unbelievable. On the latter end of the spectrum, we have a plan proposed by Japanese engineering and architectural firm Shimizu.

Shimizu has drafted a plan to solve the climate crisis with clean, renewable energy—by putting solar panels on the moon!

We know, we know—it sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel and may be too good to be true. But this company is known for making so-called ‘dream projects’ (including a pyramid city in the sky and a space hotel) and hopes to get the project underway by 2035.

The solar panel, which the team has dubbed Luna Ring, would span across the moon’s equator (that’s about 11,000 kilometers long!) and collect sunlight 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ring would then transmit this stored solar energy through a complicated system of microwaves and lasers to receiving stations on Earth to be stored for future use.

Once built, the solar panel would collect an unlimited supply of clean, renewable energy—a step in the right direction to solving climate change.

Right now, yes—plans like these are sci-fi-esque, and firms like these often come up with these kinds of ideas simply to get people thinking about the future. This specific project is Shimizu’s dream—one of many—to provide new and exciting technologies for future generations to enjoy and prosper from.

Even though these dreams may seem far off into the future, they won’t come true without innovative thinkers and builders like you. Working into the future means constant innovation, new perspectives, and work in STEM and other related fields—and the younger generations (that’s you!) need to get started to make that a reality.

What’s your dream for a brighter tomorrow? What big project are you hoping to accomplish in the near future? What are you “gearing up for” in 2014?

This may all sound like science fiction today. But with the right investment in STEM education (and a little imagination) it will soon become science fact!

Photo credit: Shimizu

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