26 Jul '16, 5pm

A big moment for #renewables! #Solar-powered plane completes historic round-the-world trip

A big moment for #renewables! #Solar-powered plane completes historic round-the-world trip

History was made on Tuesday when the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed the first round-the-world solar-powered flight. The plane landed at 04:05 a.m. local time in Abu Dhabi, where it first started its journey back in March 2015, after the trip’s final leg of more than 48 hours from Cairo. The Solar Impulse project was founded and run by Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. The multi-stage trip around the world covered over 40,000 km (approximately 25,000 miles) and was accomplished using no fuel but the sun. Solar Impulse 2 featured more than 17,000 SunPower solar cells and several energy storage batteries. According to project partner ABB, the plane made stopovers on four continents (Asia, North America, Europe and Africa) and flew across two oceans (the Pacific and the Atlantic), as well as the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Peninsula. On the way, ABB...

Full article: http://solarindustrymag.com/solar-powered-plane-completes...

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