Solar Power Soars To New Heights



Believe it or not, it’s no longer out of the realms of possibility that solar power can be used to fly a plane. In fact, that’s exactly what happened just a few weeks ago in the skies above Switzerland with the maiden flight of the Solar Impulse 2, a bizarre looking but remarkable aircraft that relies solely on solar energy to get around.



The brainchild of inventors Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the idea for solar flight was designed to show the world what can be done with renewable energy.

Our goal is to show that it is now possible to achieve things considered impossible without fossil fuels”, Piccard said.


With Solar Impulse 2 flying for 2 hours without incident, plans are now in place for a planned trip around the world, beginning next March. This ground breaking solar flying trip is to be broken into five or six stages over several months, primarily for the benefit of the two pilots who will take turns at the controls.

While the inventors are not out to reshape human flight, their mission is more focussed on the idea of pushing the envelope of solar technology.

"Success will not come if we just fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane,” said Riccard. “The real success will come if enough people are motivated to do exactly the same in their daily life: save energy, go to renewables. This is possible."



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