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Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 1rst 2015: Solar Impulse 2, the only solar single-seater airplane able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel, is flying over Abu Dhabi (UAE) undertaking preparation flights for the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight which will be attempted starting early March from Abu Dhabi. Swiss founders and pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, hope to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world. The duo will take turns flying Solar Impulse 2, changing at each stop and will fly over the Arabian Sea, to India, to Myanmar, to China, across the Pacific Ocean, to the United States, over the Atlantic Ocean to Southern Europe or Northern Africa before finishing the journey by returning to the initial departure point. Landings will be made every few days to switch pilots and organize public events for governments, schools and universities.

March 1st 2015: Solar Impulse 2, the only solar single-seater airplane able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel.

HOT update on solar, salt water and wind energy

Some interesting updates in the alternative energy sphere: osmotic power, solar powered flight and solar bike power, wind power in Scotland, plus some info on a new solar panel roof design. Fascinating to see how those involved in the creation of alternative sources of energy are using their brain cells and the inspirational ideas they’re coming up with – and inspiration for those of us who would like to see more renewable energy sources. Envision an eco-coastal town that produces all its own energy. Zelly Restorick brings us up to date on developments in this exciting – and essential – area.

Osmotic power

Something to interest all salty seaside dwellers!

Here’s an article explaining osmotic power as being created by “the transfer of salt ions between two types of salt water when they make contact through a membrane”. Osmotic Power Using Salt Water Is Newest Form of Alternative Energy by Elizabeth Montalbano, writing for Design News.

Solar Impulse

Abu Dhabi, UAE, July 27th 2016: Solar Impulse successfully landed in Abu Dhabi with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, completing the last leg of the Round-The-World journey. Departed from Abu Dhabi on march 9th 2015, the Round-the-World Solar Flight took more than 500 flight hours and covered 40í000 km. Swiss founders and pilots, Bertrand Piccard and AndrÈ Borschberg aim to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world. The duo took turns flying Solar Impulse 2, changing at each stop and will fly over the Arabian Sea, to India, to Myanmar, to China, across the Pacific Ocean, to the United States, over the Atlantic Ocean to Southern Europe or Northern Africa before finishing the journey by returning to the initial departure point.

Abu Dhabi, UAE, July 27th 2016: Solar Impulse successfully landed in Abu Dhabi with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, completing the last leg of the Round-The-World journey.

Here’s real encouragement for all of us who envision a future of less polluting air travel. The crew and everyone involved in Solar Impulse’s Round The World Flight are justifiably thrilled: they’ve proven that solar powered flight is possible. They have announced:

“We flew 40,000 km without fuel, a first for energy. Emotions, tears, relief, exhilaration is running through the team right now after completing the first Round-the-World solar flight.

“The solar airplane has now made it full circle around the world, proving that clean technologies can really achieve the impossible.”

For much more info and ways to get involved, check out Solar Impulse.

Solar powered bike

Solar powered bike

Solar powered bike

And for a town renowned for its creative cyclists, here’s a genius idea from Treehugger for solar powered bikes.

Producing energy from carbon dioxide?

Simulated sunlight powers a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel. (Source: University of Illinois at Chicago)

(Source: University of Illinois at Chicago)

One thing we appear to have a surfeit of is carbon dioxide – and here’s how some researchers are working on converting it into fuel, by using simulated sunlight to power a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel.

This article is by Elizabeth Montalbano, featured in Design News: Novel Solar Cell Uses Sun to Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Burnable Fuel

All Scotland’s energy demands powered by wind for the day

The wind turbines at Findhorn, part of an Ecovillage which is a net exporter of electricity. Photo by W. L. Tarbert.

The wind turbines at Findhorn, part of an Ecovillage which is a net exporter of electricity. Photo by W. L. Tarbert.

Read the ZME Science report here: Scotland just powered itself completely from wind power the entire day

Crystals that turn vibrations into electricity

Orange County Road, CA, USA

Orange County Road, CA, USA

And if the car continues to dominate as a mode of transport, here’s how to generate energy from the vibrations of vehicles driving on the roads.

Read the ZME Science report here: California’s highways will generate electricity from cars driving over them

New solar panel design

Jeremy Leggett, ex-pupil at William Parker School in Hastings, is a solar entrepreneur, spreading the word about products connected to sunlight and renewable technology. As someone who owns a solar fountain and a motion sensor solar outside light and still finds them to be an amazing piece of energy magic, I want to share some info about the solar company Leggett founded: Solarcentury.

Jeremy Leggett describes himself as a ‘writer, social entrepreneur, founder of Solarcentury and SolarAid, chair of Carbon Tracker, climate and energy activist, historian, futurist and investor’. More Solar Century info here and Jeremy Leggett’s connection here. Jeremy Leggett also has his own website: Energy & Climate: History, Futurology and Investment.

And let me assure you, I’m not connected to his company in any way. I heard about this man when he came to Hastings to give a talk for Transition Town Hastings about carbon consumption.)

Earlier in the year, SolarCentury launched a new design of solar roof panels: a domestic solar system called Sunstation, a black solar PV unit designed to be integrated into a roof, which is being positioned as an alternative to rooftop solar arrays that are rejected by some households on aesthetic grounds.

Please feel free to share your solar power energy experiences (below): it would be interesting to hear about solar systems and how they function in the real world, beyond the marketing.

 

Posted 20:42 Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 In: Energy Wise

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