Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


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

April 9th, 2014 by  

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.

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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is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the typed word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession, Solar Love, and Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in.

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