If anyone thought the greenhouse generator was a wild idea, then you'll think this is the work of a total nutjob. A scientist has floated an idea for a solar power plant on the moon; at a mere cost of US$9billion for the prototype. Mind you, if it worked, and it wasn't turned into a giant death ray (because hey, nobody would try to do that), then it would pay itself off in five years. Big ifs, but let's not scoff. But frankly, as far as Australia is concerned, let's stick with the greenhouse - we've got endless miles of hot empty land that we can put to good use here.

Meanwhile, plans are afoot for a fuel cell van by Chrysler, which would run on borax - which is less likely to explode in a large fireball than, say, pure hydrogen. Huzzah for that.


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