Solar plane completes historic world trip

A solar-powered plane has completed the final journey of its global flight, landing in Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse concluded an 18-month trip today, flying a total of 40,000 kilometres using clean technologies. The 17,000-panel aeroplane touched down in the UAE capital, where it began its journey last year, after flying more than 48 hours from […]

Solar Impulse completes Atlantic crossing

The zero fuel aeroplane Solar Impulse has landed in Spain, completing the Atlantic crossing. It landed in Seville this morning after a 71-hour journey which started in New York on Monday. The journey was initially expected to take around 90 hours. Pilot Bertrand Piccard said: “The new world is the world of modern technologies, the world […]

Solar airplane completes 62-hour flight without fuel

A plane powered by solar energy has completed a 62-hour flight without any fuel. Solar Impulse 2 took off on Thursday from Hawaii and landed in California completing its crossing of the Pacific Ocean. The plane started the journey in July last year in a flight from Nagoya in Japan to Hawaii that lasted 117 hours and […]

Solar Impulse forced to land in Japan

A record-breaking attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean using a solar-powered plane has been aborted due to poor weather conditions. The pilot, Andre Borschberg, was 36 hours into what was expected to be a six-day journey from China to Hawaii. The aircraft, Solar Impulse was forced to head back to Japan to land. The team will now […]

Solar plane takes off for around-the-world trip

A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane has got under way. Called Solar Impulse-2, the aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman yesterday. Piloted by Swiss co-founder and CEO André Borschberg, the zero-fuel, single-seater airplane landed in Oman after around 12 hours, covering 400 […]

Solar powered plane finishes groundbreaking US tour

A solar powered plane touched down at JFK airport over the weekend, marking the final leg of a groundbreaking tour around the United States. The Solar Impulse flew from Washington to New York despite damage to one of its wings. Piloted by Swiss co-founder and CEO Andre Borschberg, the plane made the journey in 18h23min […]

Blog: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Er, sort of…

No, I’m not talking about the new Superman movie that’s hitting the cinemas soon. Dare I say, it’s something even more exciting. Maybe one for all the renewable lovers out there! When you imagine what the future could be like without gas and coal, what do you see? Roads across the globe filled with electric […]

Solar plane flies under the moon

A giant plane made out of solar panels has completed a 17 hour flight from Switzerland to Spain and demonstrates what its creators are calling the technology’s “enormous potential”. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA carbon fibre airplane has a wingspan as wide as that of an airbus A340 made out of 12,000 solar cells. These power […]