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Aviation Solar Impulse 2, Solar Electric Plane That Will Fly Around World (Exclusive Videos)

Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar Impulse 2: Solar Electric Plane That Will Fly Around World (Exclusive Videos)

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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. :D

My interview with André Borschberg was only captured by an ABB camera. I’ll share that with all of you once it is ready.

Following up on the conversations I had with ABB solar director Maxine Ghavi last year, I also spent a few minutes interviewing her again at the unveiling today:

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.

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Check out our Solar Impulse history for more — we’ve been covering this crew since 2008!

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spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as the director/chief editor. Otherwise, he's probably enthusiastically fulfilling his duties as the director/editor of Solar Love, EV Obsession, Planetsave, or Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and wind energy expert. If you would like him to speak at a related conference or event, connect with him via social media. You can connect with Zach on any popular social networking site you like. Links to all of his main social media profiles are on ZacharyShahan.com.



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