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Solar panel belt around moon: green power gets expensive?

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Tim, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. Tim

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    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...into-a-giant-solar-panel-station-8969866.html

    It's a big mass just sitting there, prone to rock strikes but....just sitting there.

    However, all the material needed is a planning nightmare. Is the idea to launch self replicating robots up there and build factories using local materials and churn out the solar panels? What will be the cost of the energy produced?

    In other news, the planning for an offshore network of wind turbines to produce massive amounts of electricity for the UK has been closed down due to escalating proposed costs. Maintenance was cited as a major factor.
     

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