Surprisingly, revolutionary progress of science and technology increasingly evolve. One of them is renewable energy exploitation such as electric vehicles, solar vehicles, and biogas vehicles and other renewable energy. The principal electricity becomes base of technical mecanism to develop futuristic vehicles. How to change renewable substances to electric substance in order to move things, especially vehicles. In thic case, how to change solar energy to save into electric substance to move this aircraft. That is principal working mechanism. And it work out for Solar Pulse.
Switzerland - Solar Impulse, aircraft that fly with the sun's energy fuels successfully flew for 26 hours and 9 minutes. This is the first plane to fly with the sun's energy fuels as well be the longest flight in history.
Chairman of the flight team, Bertrand Piccard said that the success of the flight for 26 hours using solar energy demonstrates the potential for renewable energy and clean technology. Piccard was the first to make a nonstop flight around the world use air balloons for over a decade in 1999.
Solar Impulse of HB-SIA has a wing of the same size as the Airbus A340: 64.3 meters and there are 12 thousand solar cells in it. The plane weighing 1,600 kg has been backed by four electric motors designed to save energy from solar cells. During 26 hours of flying, carbon-fiber aircraft has a maximum speed of 68 knots (speed over ground), average speed 23 knots and a maximum altitude of 8564 meters above sea level.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Solar Impulse, Andre Borschberg who directly intervened in the project said that it almost did not believe he had been driving a solar energy-fueled plane. "Unbelievable, this is a better success than we expected," he said.
Borschberg is a former Swiss air force pilots who have hours of flying for 40 years. He returned to his expertise was in the cockpit Solar Impulse to fly from Payerne air base in the northwestern district of Vaud, on Wednesday morning. The plane took off before 7 am to capture as much sunlight when flying over the Jura mountains to the west of the Alps, Switzerland.
When the sun goes down, the engineers hope that the aircraft battery is fully charged energy from 12,000 solar cells mounted on the body and wings of Solar Impulse. Energy stored in batteries can keep four fire engines throughout the night. The battery will be charged again at sunrise.
Now Solar Impulse prototype plane is designing the next generation expected to make the flight across the Atlantic and around the world in 2012.
Funds spent on this solar-powered aircraft project by 100 million Swiss francs (about U.S. $ 95 million). Some of the companies participating in the project namely chemical company from Solvay SA of Belgium, the Swiss watchmaker of Omega, part of the Swatch group, and German banking giant of Deutsche Bank.