Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan0
Solar Impulse 2: Solar Electric Plane That Will Fly Around World (Exclusive Videos)
April 9th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
As we’ve shared a few times now, the Solar Impulse 2 was unveiled earlier today in Payerne, Switzerland. I was lucky enough to be present (courtesy of ABB, one of Solar Impulse 2’s four main partners) and I even got to interview the Solar Impulse co-founders, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. Below are some of my videos from the event, followed by the 3-hour and 11-minute video of the unveiling which aired live here on CleanTechnica earlier today.
To start off, here’s a quick look at the Solar Impulse 2 in some dim, blue lighting:
Here’s a quick video in more normal light:
The Solar Impulse 2 uses high-efficiency SunPower modules. Apparently, these remainders didn’t make the cut:
Now, here are some real gems — here are two videos in which I interview one of the founders, Bertrand Piccard:
Thanks to my wife and Amber Archangel of 1Sun4All for some of those questions. 😀
My interview with André Borschberg was only captured by an ABB camera. I’ll share that with all of you once it is ready.
Back to what I posted earlier today (in case you missed it), below is a video of the Solar Impulse 2 unveiling, which involved some excellent presentations, interesting Solar Impulse history, a very interesting panel discussion with executives from many of the key partners, and more. I actually found it to be much more interesting than I anticipated, so I’d recommend setting aside time to watch it just as you would a movie. Here that is:
The Solar Impulse crew has certainly come a long way since it’s first test flight almost a decade ago.
Check out our Solar Impulse history for more — we’ve been covering this crew since 2008!
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