Around the world on solar power?

14 Sep 2012

One of Kevin’s first posts on the Blog related to a Swiss solar powered plane, the “Solar Impulse” which flew for one and a half hours.  In 2010, Kevin noted the team’s plan to fly it around the world in 2012.

They haven’t made it around the globe yet but, as reported today, they did fly it from France to Morocco and back (4,000 miles), successfully. They apparently have been focusing on durability, charging and range as reportedly the airspeed remains at 28 miles per hour.   By my math, that would take about 37 days to go around the world. Of course, the France to Morocco run included a number of stops along the way.

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  1. Sun Pirate Solar Training 24. Sep, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    This news is really very amazing. What is the cost of this plane?

  2. Arthur Siegal 24. Sep, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    The plane is not commercially available – this is a very expensive research project, likely to cost $100 Million over 10 year.

  3. Solar Energy Education 16. Nov, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    How many solar panels do I need for an electric solar power system?

  4. Arthur Siegal 05. Dec, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    That depends on what you intend to power and the type of panels and storage and sunlight you receive

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