Solar Impulse’s inspiring zero-fuel flight

The biggest challenge we have as a race is stopping climate change. It’s a problem that we have created and one that we must solve ourselves. Over the last few decades we have seen the disunity and lack of cohesiveness to bring about meaningful progress on climate change. Even the proposition that “it’s a problem that we have created” is likely to stir a debate on whether climate change is really caused by humans and whether or not it is real. The time for debate is over and the time for action is here.

“… despite all the grand talk about sustainable development, we are a long way from making use of the clean technologies… Those solutions (will) bring opportunities to create jobs, make profit, sustain the growth of the industry, and at the same time protect the environment.” – Bertrand Piccard

Around the world at this very moment there are individuals working together to find innovative solutions to the challenges we’re facing. Solar Impulse is no exception. The organisation has come up with the revolutionary idea of solar-powered aircraft that will change the aviation industry. Bertrand Piccard, the man behind Solar Impulse, has continued to pursue and promote the organisation’s aims in the hopes of mobilising enthusiasm for clean technologies and inducing positive emotions about renewable energies. By doing so, Piccard is inspiring a generation of bright young people all around the world to aspire to use new and clean technologies to achieve what some may consider impossible.

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The ‘Solar Impulse 2’ flying over San Francisco. Image credit.

Solar Impulse have developed a long-range experimental plane that is powered by solar energy. The project was initiated in 2003 by Bertrand Piccard with the prototype ‘Solar Impulse 1’ constructed from 2006 to 2009 with its maiden flight taking place in 2009. The ‘Solar Impulse 2’ was completed in 2014 with more solar cells, more powerful motors and other improvements. This aircraft is currently attempting to circumnavigate the world. Most recently it landed in Spain after completing the Atlantic crossing. Although the plane was not designed and built to carry passengers, it does carry a powerful message for students in high schools and universities across the globe. Spread their message by sharing the video below.

To learn more about the project and keep up to date with ‘Solar Impulse 2’ check out their website.

 

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