July 12, 2010 18:47 by Ty
André Borschberg from Solar Impulse has flown a solar powered airplane for over 26 hours, setting the record and powered strictly off the sun with solar cells spanned across the wings. The Swiss solar powered plane flew up to an altitude of 28,000 feet in the day, and slowly decended to 4,500 feet throughout the night.
Chief Executive André Borschberg describes his experience in flight, “I’ve been a pilot for 40 years now, but this flight has been the most incredible one of my flying career. Just sitting there and watching the battery charge level rise and rise thanks to the sun and then that suspense, not knowing whether we were going to manage to stay up in the air the whole night.
“And then finally the joy of seeing the sun rise and feeling the energy beginning to circulate in the solar panels again.”
Solar Impulse has shown that renewable energy is possible in flight and has shown the unlimited capabilities of renewable energy using solar panels and batteries. Actual flight of the Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft must have been just as exciting as watching the Wright brothers first plane flight in 1903 that lasted 12 seconds and flew 120 feet.
Solar Impulse Specs:
Wingspan: 63,40 m
Length: 21,85 m
Height: 6,40 m
Weight: 1,600 Kg
Motor power: 4 x 10 HP electric engines
Solar cells: 11,628 (10 748 on the wing, 880 on the horizontal stabilizer)
Average flying speed: 70 km/h
Take-off speed: 35 km/h
Maximum altitude: 8,500 m (27,900 ft)
Solar Impulse Pictures:
May 24, 2010 18:25 by Ty
Glucose powered devices have been developed to provide power to electronic devices. All cells from the human body use glucose as their main energy source. Scientists have implanted a functional glucose biofuel cell in a rat's abdominal cavity, producing a maximum of 6.5 microwatts, which is close to 10 microwatts as a power requirement for pacemakers. Scientists Philippe Cinquin and his team from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France were able to achieve power from glucose by, "confining selected enzymes inside graphite discs that were placed into dialysis bags. Glucose and oxygen flowed into the device, but enzymes stayed in place and catalyzed the oxidation of glucose to generate electrical energy." The implantable biofuel cells were tested for 11 days and produced a constant 2 microwatts, with a peak of 6.5 megawatts. A step towards the future might be implantable biofuel cells where one can generate electric power from your body fluids.
Maybe one day we can plug in our cell phones, iPods and electronic devices to run off our body's glucose.
Article Source: Power from Glucose
May 10, 2010 19:50 by Ty
Better Place marks itself as, “The global provider of electric vehicle networks and services.” Better Place launched switchable-electric battery powered taxies to run in Tokyo. Battery packs are equipped with the latest lithium-ion battery technology and 95% of the battery material can be recycled and reused. Range is about 100 miles and recharge time is between 4-8 hours. The EV battery lifespan is expected to be 8 years with over 2000 recharges. You can check out the new electric cars by Better Place with detailed specifications, plans and vision.
April 23, 2010 18:34 by Ty
The new X-37B unmanned space shuttle launched today and will be remotely controlled. What’s interesting is that the X37B electronics is powered by lithium-ion batteries and solar cells. This replaces the traditional craft that uses a fuel cell system to generate power. Li-ion batteries have great energy to weight ratios, a slow loss of charge and a large capacity for power.
April 12, 2010 18:01 by Ty
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