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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by stubeeef, Jul 7, 2005.

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    stubeeef

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    While a wonderful idea, and I'm all for the technology, this seems to be a bit of a reach. Of course all break throughs are, and I want this to work, but.....
     

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    dmw007

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    Sounds pretty cool. Solar powered!
     
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    goodtimes5

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    What an age we live in. Makes me wonder why we still run on coal and such.
     
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    iBlue

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    I'm happy someone is trying this, it sort of makes a statement about the whole cleaner energy school of thought. we are really foolish for using up all those finite resources and I hope one day there is a better answer. for now it is all about control and greed <- the reasons we have not had much progress in the fields like this.

    this is good news
     
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    ham_man

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    Well you can't just dig solar panels out of the ground...:rolleyes:

    Really glad to see that technology is advancing. Hopefully this can become truly feasable one of these days...
     
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    yellow

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    Good luck dude, would be nice if you could make it.. but I think people always forget one thing. How would this make you feel?

    "Welcome aboard the Solar Impluse, sir. Just sit back and enjoy your leisurely ride from New York to Zurich. It should take just over 12 hours. Tonight's in-flight film will be "The Best of Paulie Shore". Enjoy your flight!"


    NNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
     
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    runninmac

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    And then when we do use this technology we will have already poluted the plant so much we are going to be having kids walking around with 3 arms. Hmm...
     
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    mad jew

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    It's called evolution. They'll be able to act as flight attendants and show us where the exits are much more efficiently. :)
     
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    Sharewaredemon

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    Good one!

    Seeing that picture reminds me of a Stewie quote from Familgy Guy. It goes something like this, though I can't remember it that well.
    I wish I could find the a screen of what Stewie looks like in this scene.
     
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    leekohler

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    Because energy companies can't make money if everyone has solar cells powering their cars and heating their homes.
     
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    Not this week. This is old news.
     
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    This 1-person plane will have a wingspan like that of a 747.
     
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    wrldwzrd89

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    Maybe, maybe not...as solar cells get more efficient, the required wingspan will be smaller. The highest efficiency I found from a Google search was 36%. Just imagine how much better solar cells will get by 2010...I would not be surprised if 40%, 50%, 60%, or even 70% efficiency had been achieved by then. If solar cell efficiency hits 80% or even 90% by then, the required number of solar panels will drop drastically.
     
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    MongoTheGeek

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    BP makes a boat load of money on Solar Cells. (well a medium sized dingy)

    Solar cells degrade over time. I don't remember the numbers on them. There is some profit in it even after everyone has them.
     
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    iGary

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    Glad he's at the stick, not me. :cool:
     
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    It WILL have a wingspan of about 80m:

    http://www.solar-impulse.com/scripts/page716.html
     
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    CorvusCamenarum

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    Sounds nifty. Two inquiries though:

    1) Is this supposed to be a nonstop flight, or does he get to set down and take breaks?

    2) What happens on cloudy days?
     
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    1) http://www.solar-impulse.com/scripts/page722.html

    2) Fly above the clouds.
     
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    leekohler

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    But not as much profit as natural gas, coal and oil.
     

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