July 18, 2016

Solar Impulse: Implications for commercial aviation

So, having had a look at various aspects of the Solar Impulse 2 (SI2) journey, we are left with the ‘elephant in the room’ question: will solar energy ever be used to power commercial aircraft? If SI2 can be run on solar energy, then would it just be a matter of scaling up the technology to commercial levels? To answer these questions, we sat down with Dr. Alan Epstein, Vice President of Technology and Environment at Pratt & Whitney.

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July 14, 2016

Solar Impulse: the spirit of adventure

The idea behind the solar impulse project was simple, even if undertaking the project was anything but. The team, led by co-pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, wanted to demonstrate the value of clean technology. The point they make is that clean technology is not something that requires sacrifices in other areas (such as the economy), but that it can reduce emissions and improve quality of life at the same time.

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July 13, 2016

Solar Impulse: The journey

Hopefully by now you’ll be aware of a unique and exciting project that has been taking place over the past year or so. Solar Impulse, the only aircraft ever made that can run purely on solar energy day and night is in the final stages of its much-heralded round-the-world trip. Over the next few days, we will take a closer look at the Solar Impulse project, as its journey comes to a close, and explore some of themes surrounding this project and what it means for sustainable aviation. Firstly, let’s have a quick overview the journey itself.

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