Recently, the Solar Impulse, a plane entirely powered by solar energy set out to transverse across the Untied States. This project took roots back in 2003 with a 10 year budget of $112 million and now in 2013, Swiss pilots and co-founders of the project, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, will take turns flying the plane. The project organizers say they aim to increase the awareness of green technology and boost worldwide support of renewable energy
According to one of the pilots, “I hope people understand the potential of this technology and use it on the ground,” Borschberg, who flew for the Swiss Air Force for more than 20 years and “If we don’t try to fly today using renewable energy, we never will.” Although the plane is still in its developing stages, when its completed, it will have a broad impact on the world because although electric cars exists, there has not really been any development of electric airplanes, which will further reduce our reliance on non renewable energy.
Written by Constantine Kostikas