One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Solar Energy

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Solar Energy

by | published June 8th, 2019

July 20, 1969. I remember watching the first man step on the Moon in all its black and white glory.

I listened to the famous words of Neil Armstrong, “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The wonder of that evening has never quite left. I still look up to the moon on clear nights and think, “We really had a person standing there.”

And it seems that this wonder hasn’t stopped for most people in the aerospace industry either.

This upcoming July marks the 60th anniversary of this momentous and world-changing occasion, and we’re commemorating it by working on additional plans for the Moon – and to Mars eventually.

See, human nature is to be constantly inventing and innovating. We always want to go onto the next bigger and better thing, create the most modern technological advancements, and leave outdated inventions behind.

Landing a man on the Moon was a huge accomplishment – not only did it represent our determination to send humanity to other planets, but it allowed the U.S. to gain a huge advantage over Russia as our victory in the Space Race.

But these days, landing a man on the Moon is just as outdated as the technology used to get him there.

We have much bigger ideas in mind for not only getting to the Moon, but utilizing it.

In the form of solar panels.

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Now, the thought of putting solar panels on the Moon may sound far-fetched, but remember, the idea of getting a man to leave his spacesuit footprints up there seemed just as unlikely.

Even back in 1969, just after Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins landed back on Earth, we were already thinking about the next big innovation we could do with our newfound aerospace technology.

And following the 1973 oil crisis, an alternate source of energy where sunlight is strong and unlimited started sounding very good indeed.

The idea of putting a solar farm up there could be very exciting.

The lack of atmosphere on the Moon, as well as the lack of any cloudy days, means that sunlight hitting solar panels up there could take advantage of the 13,000 terawatts (TW) of power that hits the Moon every day.

By comparison, we’re expected to have 880 gigawatts (GW) of solar power installed by 2022 – that’s the equivalent of less than one TW of power.

So, why don’t we get our power from solar panels on the Moon?

It’s quite simple.

It’s just not possible with the technology we have today.

Getting a solar farm to the extent we would need it would cost $240 billion.

Other methods have been suggested, like sending one solar panel up to space that has the ability to copy itself to create a population of solar panels on the Moon. But the technology to create that simply doesn’t exist.

However, despite the fact that we won’t be getting panels to the Moon anytime soon doesn’t mean that technology isn’t being developed to improve the solar industry right here on our home planet.

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As I’ve mentioned previously here in Oil & Energy Investor, solar energy is now the cheapest source of energy we have today.

That means that solar panel manufacturers stuck here on Earth have every reason to continue working to improve our current electricity generation, even as the geniuses over at NASA work on lunar panels.

One manufacturer, in fact, is so well-positioned in the industry that it has shown an astounding 138.5% growth in just six months.

And I have every expectation that it will continue on this upward momentum.

Because as people turn to the skies for answers, the solar industry is rising to prominence as one of the best options we have for constant, efficient, and cost-effective power generation.

This company is a leading manufacturer, and you can bet it’s going to keep its place on the pedestal.

And who knows? It may be the first company to put solar panels on the Moon.



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  1. June 8th, 2019 at 23:50 | #1

    Solar will really take off when we start wiring houses with a 4th wire a dc wire reducing the need for extremely inefficient inverters. A DC heetpump would eliminate the need for most of the need for AC power by itself.

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