Physicists Want to Beam Solar Energy Back from the Moon

David Criswell is a retired university professor of physics. He is proposing an interesting theory which people argue that it might be well ahead of its time. He has been proposing this theory for close to four decades now and the theory has begun to gain traction and momentum even though the lecturer has retired from active academics.

The theory is quite interesting based on the fact that we know even from our elementary science that the energy and light from the sun are constantly beamed on the surface of the moon. The moon has no light on its own but just reflects the light which it does receive from the sun like a mirror. Every day, the sun illuminates about 13,000 tetra watts of solar energy to the surface of the moon.

The professor thinks this energy can be trapped and enhanced for us to use as a source of electric and other forms of energy which humans need for daily existence. This idea might seem farfetched, but when we look at the rate at which the human population is increasing on the surface of the globe, it calls for concern. The population of the world is estimated to reach 10 billion by 2050. The energy requirement of this large population is going to be difficult to meet; even though many people still reside in darkness without any source of energy.

David is proposing a Lunar-based solar energy system. He proposes that solar panels which are 10 kilometer wide in radius can be placed strategically in a position on the moon where they can harness the energy from the sun and transmit such trapped energy back to the earth for use. This idea sounds interesting and if it does work, it will be a major breakthrough in providing the lasting, sustainable and renewable solar energy.



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