Lunar power stations imagined

A team of scientists led by Alex Freundlich, a physicist at the University of Houston, has successfully created a solar panel from a sample of soil like that brought back from the moon — by melting it. The idea is to send a rover up to the site of any future moon habitation in advance, and set it to work creating acres of solar panels, creating a power source just waiting to be tapped into. With further work, the moon could be turned into a power source for earth. “About 13,000 terawatts of sunshine falls on the moon, about 100 times the amount of all the energy used on Earth. By harvesting just a fraction of that solar energy and returning it to Earth, there would be cheap and unlimited power for all.”

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