China has disclosed her plan to convert moon light into electricity to power Chengdu city streetlights in the year 2020.
The country say the technology will be done with an illumination satellite, also known as “artificial moon”.
Independent UK reports that Mr. Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu aerospace science and technology microelectronics system research institute, made this known at a national mass innovation and entrepreneurship activity that was hosted in the city.
The city streetlights will be powered by satellite that will boost the glow of the moon, Chunfeng aid.
We have started the process many years ago, we have tested it and are ready to use it he said.
The artificial moon is far brighter than the natural moon and will be able to light an area within a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometres while the precise illumination range can be controlled within a few dozen meters, he disclosed at the event.
The artificial moon will have a device that will reflect light from the sun with solar panel-like wings, while the light will be adjusted to light up locations.