MAY 02, 2016 07:45 AM PDT

Solar Impulse is on the move again, now heading for Phoenix, AZ

After becoming stranded on Hawaii due to problems with the airplane zero-fuel electrical supply, Solar Impulse, the plane trying to set records for making it around the world on nothing but solar power, made it to California late last month.
 
Its stranding was related to power system issues, leading to the batteries and power delivery system needing repairs and replacements while it was stranded. The repairs delayed additional trips for nearly ¾ of a year.
 
Now, Solar Impulse is now lifting off again, and it is headed from Silicon Valley, California to Phoenix, Arizona. It should arrive by Tuesday.
 

Solar Impulse is lifting off yet again for another trip.


This is the 10th trip Solar Impulse has taken during its attempt to get from its original destination, around the world, and back to its original destination. As the cycle becomes more and more complete, it’s getting closer to reaching its goals.
 
Solar Impulse is like the Tesla of airplanes. Technically called an aeroplane, it has 17,000 photovoltaic cells on its top that are constantly sucking in Sun light and converting it to useable energy, which gets stored on the plane’s battery arrays.
 
Whether the plane is sitting on the ground, or flying through the air, the Sun simultaneously charges the plane’s batteries and powers the propellers that get it from point A to point B.
 
Although the idea behind Solar Impulse very much shows the power of solar energy and how it can be harnessed for future endeavors in the aviation world, the project is more of a proof of concept than an attempt to make all airplanes solar powered.
 
After all, Solar Impulse is very light, and commercial airplanes would be way too heavy to convert to solar power from jet engines. Solar Impulse is really just a proof of concept that shows where solar power and batteries are headed and why they are a viable power source for a variety of things.

Source: BBC

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
AUG 22, 2018
Neuroscience
AUG 22, 2018
Testing For Cognitive Decline Made Easier
In any form of disease, the sooner a diagnosis is found, the sooner treatment can begin. Finding a health problem early is the best way to increase the cha...
AUG 30, 2018
Cell & Molecular Biology
AUG 30, 2018
Simultaneously Assaying Gene Expression and Chromatin Availability
Traditional tools often focus on one aspect of a cell, but a new technique can assay the expression of 1000s of genes in 1000s of cells at once....
SEP 28, 2018
Health & Medicine
SEP 28, 2018
Are Smartphones and Electronics Responsible for Teen Sleep Issues?
Chances are if you see a teenager, their face is practically glued to a screen. The latest industry numbers show that 95% of teens own or have access to a...
SEP 30, 2018
Technology
SEP 30, 2018
Enhancing CCTV Images
Utilizing computer-enhanced composite to combine multiple poor quality CCTV images as one, could improve the accuracy of facial recognition systems in the...
OCT 07, 2018
Technology
OCT 07, 2018
Adaptable Prosthetic: The Smart Seat Cushion
Developers at the University of Texas at Arlington have recently patented a smart seat cushion that utilizes changes in air pressure to allow the redistrib...
OCT 14, 2018
Technology
OCT 14, 2018
4-D Microscope Offers Look Into Early Development
A recent developed microscope has allowed scientists to hold a front-row view on the “drama of mammalian development”. Scientists can now see i...
Loading Comments...