Technology has been advancing at an exponential scale, and with technology, the global headcount has also been increasing. While the population grows, our need for kilowatts is increasing every minute. So how do we keep the lights on in every house without overheating the planet or harming mother nature? A new idea by Lewis-Webest, a then-high school senior in California, has sparked the interest of researchers and scientists: self-replication solar panels on the moon. The notion is when the solar panels are revolving around the Earth, they experience 24 hours of unfiltered sunshine, which makes them more efficient to use. They could also convert solar radiation into electricity and then into microwave beams.  These beams then get directed back to Earth so the receivers can help in converting them back into electricity to power the grid. However, there’s one problem here – the mindless amount of money that has to be spent to launch thousands of solar panels into space and get them to safely land on the moon. The brilliant high schooler had a solution to this idea too. He suggested to launch a single robot which is programmed to mine raw materials, construct solar panels, and make a replica of itself. The process would repeat and an army of self replication lunar robot would be created, solving the problem. Scientists have to see how far this idea can go since they also have to make sure the beams surely reach the surface. Way to go for a nice high school science project, though!

-Sajni Vederey

Picture creds: Pink Tentacle