Energy


* A diverse portfolio of energy technologies will replace our reliance on fossil fuels. Scientists are exploring not just wind and solar energies, but also such esoteric technologies as artificial photosynthesis, traveling wave reactors, and mini black holes. --David J. LePoire, "Exploring New Energy Alternatives," Sep-Oct 2011, pp. 34-38

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* Lunar-based solar power production may be the best way to meet future energy demands. Solar power can be more dependably and inexpensively gathered on the Moon than on Earth. This clean energy source is capable of delivering the 20 trillion watts of power a year that the Earth's 10 billion people will require by mid-century. A lunar solar power system such as the LUNA RING (an alternative energy plan from the Japanese company Shimizu) would be the largest public infrastructure project in human history, but it would pay for itself after only 15 years. --David R. Criswell, "Why We Need the Moon for Solar Power on Earth," May-June 2011, p. 37; Patrick Tucker, "Solar Power from the Moon," May-June 2011, p. 34

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