Published to LA Confidential, Winter 2018
We have often wondered, ‘Does life exist on other planets?’ Although we may not have infinite answers to extraterrestrial life on other planets, one concept that does exist out there is potential energy. Specifically, the possibility for lunar-based solar power (LSP).
According to a 2017 Forbes article, the concept of LSP involves developing solar power collecting stations on the Moon’s surface, which would convert sunlight into electricity and be wirelessly transmitted to Earth. Supporting this concept of a more sustainable source of clean electricity by using solar panels to collect sunlight on the Moon is retired University of Houston physicist, David Criswell.
By Criswell’s own models of his proposed 20 terawatt LSP system, he provides an eventual projected wholesale price of 0.001 cents per kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. At present, an average American household pays in the range of 12 cents per kWh. By comparison, the future not only appears to be built on the complete use of clean energy, but the possibility of LSP may lead to significant savings. Although it is a fantastic idea to ‘Klingon’ to, the idea of LSP may still be lightyears away.