Solar airplane shows power of sunshine electricity

A solar powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, took off from Abu Dhabi this morning on the first leg of its round the world flight.

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A solar powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, took off from Abu Dhabi this morning on the first leg of its round the world flight.

Paul Barwell, CEO of the UK’s Solar Trade Association, commented:

“This shows the power of solar technology: simple, clean and becoming ever more efficient.”

“We are seeing solar racing cars, solar speed boats… soon the touchscreens on our mobile phones could have in built solar in them.”

“Solar Impulse 2 is also a trailblazer for the combination of solar and battery storage – the onboard battery allows the plane to charge up during the day and keep flying through the night.”

“But ultimately solar is about generating electricity to feed into our homes and the grid. Here in the UK we already have over 650,000 solar homes, offices and schools. More and more factories and warehouses are also putting solar on their roofs, and solar farms are feeding clean power into the grid.”

“Solar is getting cheaper and cheaper, and could soon be subsidy-free, but only if the Government provides stable support in the interim. The new support system for big projects just isn’t working for solar at the moment, and it is our hope that this solar airplane will inspire the Government to fix that.”

 

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