This is interesting Knight, thanks for sharing and welcome to the Green Forum! Do you have a link you could provide on this story?
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A more recent concept for improving our electrical grid is to beam microwaves from Earth-orbiting satellites or the moon to directly when and where there is demand.
The power would be generated from solar energy captured on the lunar surface In this system, the receivers would be “broad, translucent tent-like structures that would receive microwaves and convert them to electricity”.
NASA said in 2000 that the technology was worth pursuing but it is still too soon to say if the technology will be cost-effective
This is not a "recent development" it's an old idea, based on old technologies. It is practical and can work. The financial viability is starting to become a reality today! Also the concept is a little off from what SPS & CTM is.....
It's nice to see it up here on a environmentalist forum, because it has huge implications for the world!
Last edited by moonus111; 05-09-2010 at 10:38 AM. Reason: dang gobblins
It's hard to communicate that SPS (solar power satellites) and moon colonization have the potential to save the world environmentally, and economically when there's so much propaganda/misleading info/etc out there.
There may be water on the moon, but it is of small consequence. There is no nitrogen, carbon, and limited/possible water hydrogen/oxygen. These are just small facts out of a long list of facts... but you had it right, the best option is to telecommute to the moon at first because it's only a 2-8 second delay.
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