More Solar Engineers, Less Petroleum Engineers Please

More Solar Engineers
New Slovenian Record for flight of a model solar plane

More Solar Engineers – ( Solar Thermal Magazine)

There is no doubt that what we need in the world is less petroleum engineers and more clean energy experts, particularly in the area of clean transportation. There is no cleaner aspiration for the world than to replace the current 3.5 % impact to climate change from air transportation, with zero % impact,by using something other than fossil fuels.

Students build a scale model solar powered plane to challenge record

Students build a scale model solar powered plane to challenge record

Alternative fuels are a hopeful prospect as well as solar powered electric technology to replace the dirty fleet of airplanes that we have in service today.

A totally solar powered commercial plane the size of a 747 is years away and will require a lot of research and development money and time.

Solar plane turns to a glider when it can

Solar plane turns to a glider when it can

  To accomplish this task we will also need engineers, scientist and technicians trained in aeronautics and solar energy technology to pursue the development and work to continuously improve each design.

Student inspects to solar panels on the wing of their model solar powered airplane

Student inspects to solar panels on the wing of their model solar powered airplane

In this video, a group of students take on the challenge of setting a record for their country for the longest time in the air for a solar powered model airplane. Hopefully some or all of them will take on even bigger clean energy challenges in the future.

New Slovenian Record for flight of a model solar plane

New Slovenian Record for flight of a model solar plane

 

Students from the Middle School of Electrotechnics in Slovenia take on the challenge of beating the national endurance record for a solar-powered model plane.

About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.

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