Polaris solar PV net news: from a crazy idea to try to lead a clean energy movement and see what those crazy scientific adventurers how solar plane’s ideals into reality.
Every April season, cloudy weather in Chongqing has a special charm, best suited to sitting at the window watching the wet streets and swaying leaves and possibly with a Sichuan accent can be heard, “burnt”, mixed with sighing, surprise and laughter followed them.
But in Chongqing at the airport, two aliens in a flying suit seems particularly worried, anxiously pacing in front of airplane pilots-Bertrand Piccard (Beterand Picca) depressed to lament that China’s weather makes people unpredictable, three weeks ago, and they just fly to Chongqing from Myanmar city of Mandalay, they were only six hours in Chongqing.
Unpredictable weather often makes flight planning delays
Bertrand plane is the world’s first solar-powered airplane–Sun power, 2nd (Solar Impulse 2), the plane will be completed in the next few months an unprecedented task: does not use any fuel-biofuels has 35000 kilometers around, and Mandalay, and Chongqing is the airplane flight around the world in the course of a station.
Mandalay to Chongqing was somewhat breathtaking, Bertrand needed to fly his plane through a war zone to North Myanmar. Come to Chongqing when winds suddenly accelerated from European control center issued instructions to slow down Bertrand of Monaco, on a screen at the control center, planes fly backward.
Perhaps because different structures, this aircraft has a 72-metre wingspan, wider than the Boeing 747 jumbo jet, compared with 2.3 tons of weight, and a car almost the whole plane unusually clean, smell a trace of diesel smell, because his 17248 solar powered entirely from covering the entire wing.
-Bertrand Piccard and André-boxuboge
Born in a hot-air balloon madness
-Bertrand Piccard was born in Switzerland family of famous explorers, also a psychiatrist. In 1931, his grandfather, an inventor, Auguste-Piccard, who travelled on a homemade hot air balloon rises to 15781 metres up in the sky, and become the first humans to reach the stratosphere.
In 1960, Jacques Piccard rode his father (Auguste-Piccard) deep-sea submarine design “, teliyasite (Trieste)” dive to the deepest depths of Earth the Mariana Trench “Challenger deep”.
1999-Bertrand Piccard, balloon flight around the world the birth of a solar flight of ideas
1992, dang Bertrand-Picard in first session across Atlantic balloon game in the won has champion Hou, he launched “Centennial spirit balloon” project, March 1999 he first challenge midway no landed driving balloon of global flight, although has last balloon of flight experience, but in thousands of meters of altitude, Bertrand moments to relief, worried once fossil fuel provides of energy consumption had fast, he on will from altitude fall.
At the beginning of the hot-air balloon flight, carrying Bertrand 3700 kg of propane fuel, complete range of 42810 kilometers, after 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes and finally reached Egypt, 300 miles southwest of Cairo, when a place called moot, only 40 kg of fuel.
“The ability to manufacture an aircraft, using solar energy to fly? “The idea began circling in his mind, it might need a solar aircraft can fly day and night!
2003 Bertrand to Switzerland Federal Institute of technology Lausanne (EPFL) introduced the plan, who immediately agreed to carry out feasibility studies. The study was conducted by Andrei boxuboge (Andre Borschberg) led, he was an engineer and professional pilots. Andrea childhood obsession about flying, grow up to accept Switzerland’s air force fighter pilot training.
The flight around the roadmap on May 9, they will fly from Nanjing lasted five days and five nights in Hawaii
The project on November 28, known to the public. That night, the computer-generated from the solar plane concept map on CNN repeated.
Professional test pilot Marcus Schadel (Markus Scherdel) carried out its first test flight, checked the flight envelope of the aircraft, and proved that it has the ability to fly at night. On July 7, under the direction of Andre, “shinin 1th” solar night flight for the first time in aviation history, flying 26 hours in total 10fenzhongling19miao.
That was a record setting three world records: the maximum flight altitude (9235 meters), the longest flight time (26 hours 10fenzhongling19miao), as well as total climbing height (8744 m).
In 2015, to create Sun power 2nd global practice of this crazy idea.
Built in the shipyards of magic craft
Sun power, 2nd aircraft structure diagram
Candles are not invented by Edison, but he has invented a light house lamps. If you look back at history, all great innovations are created by people outside the industry, because they do not have the industry’s heavy burden.
With the idea of building solar-powered aircraft, and Andre Bertrand identifies aviation manufacturing companies, but when they hear this amazing idea, immediately rebuffed.
Funny thing is, great innovation always on the edge. The plane eventually turned out to be made from without that the aviation industry and shipyards, and view the final list of sponsor partners participating in the cooperation, not one is specialized in the manufacture of aircraft “on a large enterprise” all look like a plane and no associated brand. And one of the most important partners are some of the big names of the layman: elevator Schindler (Schindler), the chemicals group Solvay (Solvay), brand name watches, Omega (Omega).
Special structure makes the Sun power 2nd face extreme weather
Solvay offers intelligent nylon fiber for the production of the pilot’s flight suit. When it’s cold and the fiber infrared heat into the skin’s surface, and you can prevent pilots sweating during high temperature.
Omega wrist watch technology have shifted to flight control, construction of the Omega instrument allows pilots to flight tracking flight path and angle of inclination in the course, remind them of the wing angle is over the normal limit.
Aeroplane pass at the slope angle reaches 40 degrees before issuing an alert, Sun power, 2nd pilot tilted at angles reaching 5 degrees when an alert is received, installed in the pilot began vibrating sleeves inside the device.
In order to ensure landing in poor visibility after sunset, Omega has developed a lighting system using LED lights, lamps and the Swatch watch internally same made of resilient plastic outer shell for protection. The entire system comprises a protective glass, wiring, power transformers and connectors, weighs less than 2 kilograms, and power consumption of less than 100 Watts.
These seemingly does not have an associated company and the aviation industry, many entrepreneurs have participated in aviation investment, interest in space exploration.
At an air show, but also a global new energy lab
From the incredible idea to the aircraft, this is not the end of Bertrand and his partners, they hope to create sunshine power 2nd to lever the fulcrum of global energy revolution, at least by way of solar plane to fly around and let more people recognize the great value of solar energy has been ignored.
“First of all you need a good idea, and to make every effort to complete it and, moreover, you have to find strong partners to overcome unexpected difficulties. “When it comes to myself how that abstract ideas into reality, Bertrand said.
In fact, there is always a group of people in this world, their dreams don’t get bogged down now, instead of looking at the sky and in the future, these people may live in different industries, but with complicity with one mind, once the great ideas, it’ll strike a match as in the wood pile, in a visionary force in different sectors will work together to turn it into reality.
This story was Director of the clean energy sector. One society participation of new energy experiment except Government developed policy, scholars fen pen insistently, more needs as Tesla, and Volvo, and Sun power 2nd, such of action who with can attract public note of way let mass believes technology brings of better, may is a paragraph products, and once experience, and a field show, but is can promoted more power common participation, let technology from suspected of eye in the a step step go into reality.
For example, Tesla has been defined by many automobile manufacturers as savages from the Internet, but when May 1 Tesla Energy was released, more people are beginning to realize that Tesla is not just selling cars, he has bigger ambitions of the subversion of existing energy structure compared with Thomas g vision for clean energy, electric car, but as the new energy preaching tools.
Similarly, in March of this year, Volvo joint geek Park project are automatically driven into China, Volvo automatic driving experience camp in Beijing. Both camps of autonomous driving and for promotion of clean-car concept, is represented by a show of form so that more people believe in the power of technology, and also attract more industry join forces to advance automated driving technology and clean energy in automobile field from vision to reality.
Sun powered 2nd too, flight around the show’s meaning is not confined to refresh a record’s adventures, but with this much-anticipated method calls to like-minded people around the world, which can attract a lot of the best partners.
For example, 84% per cent of global air traffic by the international air transport association represents more than 240 airlines, Sun power, 2nd provides technical and operational assistance, in order to take off, landing and support to gain full cooperation of Governments and air navigation service providers.
Internet giant Google to provide Google Sun power, 2nd Hangouts, Google + YouTube and social networking platforms to support.
While the fly for live streaming, live coverage provided by Swisscom Solutions maintain the antenna is compact and light case. Implement the transfer speeds 50kb/s only low bandwidth solution, can live in real time see of pilots in flight video.
December this year the world’s decision makers will meet in Paris, France, at the United Nations climate change Conference (COP21), they will be for a new climate agreement to take decisions, and Andre Bertrand co-sponsored named in the global flight # clean # in the future (#futureisclean) initiative.
May 9 Sun power, 2nd from Nanjing started crossing the Pacific for 5 days and 5 nights of the most challenging difficult flying, until then, reporters at the Nanjing’s interview with the team of adventurers will be contained in human history.
Q&A questions and answers
S=Solar Impulse 2
Reporter: what this aircraft has advanced technology?
S: Sun power 2nd solar cells equipped with industry-leading conversion rates, which reached 22.7%, thickness to just 135 µm, which is equivalent to the average diameter of a human hair. Compared with conversion rates of household solar panels only 16%.
Reporter: why did this flight and a technology experiment?
S: this is the core of the consumption of energy and transmission, high conversion rates for aircraft flight energy. We are exploring how to make not so much a new aircraft as to our understanding of how to conserve energy.
Reporter: which countries in clean energy deserves more attention?
S: very interesting is that many years ago, when China entered the clean energy market, is no longer competitive compared to its clean-energy and other energy, China knows that competition is the only way to reduce costs, so the competitiveness of Chinese clean energy now. We have seen a lot of electric cars in Nanjing, and Shanghai electric car more than worldwide.
Reporter: clean energy from our lives far away?
S: the technologies we use today are gradually gaining access to the market, we use thermal insulation materials allow us to 9000 meters altitude, under extreme conditions of massive headwind in normal flight. Our partners are integrating this technology into the refrigerator. If you use the refrigerator made of insulating material, which will reduce energy use by 50%.
Reporter: what advice do you have for young geeks?
S: today’s young people learned a lot of knowledge in schools, but can make you successful is that you don’t know about the mystery. If you want a hot-air balloon to fly faster, then you have to break the balance, will balloon to more efficient, meet the stronger wind.
Original title: Solar Impulse2: a solar plane trip