Inside The First Production-Ready Electric Airplane

Volta Volare unveils its GT4 By Seth FletcherPosted 04.30.2012 at 9:09 am36 Comments Engineers have historically faced two obstacles when designing electric aircraft. Batteries that run the electric motors have been too heavy and not energy-dense enough to provide sufficient power. And the consequences of failure were too high: Running out of power would all but assure … More Inside The First Production-Ready Electric Airplane

Ascent’s Thin Panels Make Solar Energy Affordable

By Guy Norris Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology September 03, 2012 Guy Norris The thought of solar cells brings to mind the image of solid blocks of flat photovoltaic panels extending in rigid wings from a satellite or bolted to the roof of a building. Now picture a solar panel so thin and flexible that … More Ascent’s Thin Panels Make Solar Energy Affordable

Electric Aircraft

Can Electric Aircraft Take to the Skies? Electric aircraft are breaking records and beginning to gain aviation industry interest By Umair Irfan and ClimateWire  | Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | 6   Dully whining electric motors may soon compete with roaring turbofans in the sky as battery-powered planes and helicopters take flight. Aircraft are emerging as the new frontier in electric vehicles … More Electric Aircraft

Bertrand Piccard successfully brings the HB-SIA to Rabat

Flight Report: Madrid – Rabat TAKE-OFF TIME: 05:22 (UTC+2) 05.06.12 LANDING TIME:  23:30 (UTC+1) 05.06.12 FLIGHT DURATION: 19 H 8 MIN AVERAGE GROUND SPEED: 51,8 KM/H HIGHEST ALTITUDE REACHED: 8’229 M (27’000 FT) FLIGHT DISTANCE: 830 KM The crowds cheered as the HB-SIA landed in Morocco’s Rabat-Salé international airport at 11:30PM (UTC+1) after 19 hours of flight. It … More Bertrand Piccard successfully brings the HB-SIA to Rabat

Electro Flight

On the horizon: A new spark By Thomas A. Horne Photography by Chris Rose Electrically powered light airplanes have caught the imagination. Comparatively inexpensive to operate and emission-free, a new crop of electric designs have moved into the spotlight. Are they ready to go to market? Are they too flimsy to attract a meaningful customer … More Electro Flight

The Chevy Volt of airplanes, the Volta Volare GT4, is ready to fly

The Chevy Volt of airplanes, the Volta Volare GT4, is ready to fly By Bill Howard on May 1, 2012 at 8:51 am 7 Comments Share This Article Seriously: electric airplanes. They’re about to take off. Testing begins this spring on the Volta Volare GT4. A recent story in Popular Science spiked interest in the four-passenger carbon … More The Chevy Volt of airplanes, the Volta Volare GT4, is ready to fly

Green Flight Challenge Final Results

by DEAN SIGLER on 10/13/2011 Steve Williams, CAFE Foundation board member and e-totalizer guru, released the final results for the NASA Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google, held at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport from September 25 through October 1, 2011.  Figures show a profound difference between the two electric winners and the two gas-powered and hybrid … More Green Flight Challenge Final Results

NASA Adds Some Numbers to Green Flight Challenge

by DEAN SIGLER on 10/11/2011 NASA’s Mark Moore sends this link to NASA’s press release on the recent NASA Centennial Challenge Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google.  The CAFE Foundation organized and managed the event. “Today we’ve shown that electric aircraft have moved beyond science fiction and are now in the realm of practice.” – Chief technologist at NASA Joe … More NASA Adds Some Numbers to Green Flight Challenge

EnerSys, GAIA launch space, naval application lithium-ion JV in Germany

By Eric LovedayRSS feed Taking lithium-ion batteries to heights never before reached is the goal of EnerSys and GAIA. The dynamic duo just entered into a definitive agreement to launch a large-format lithium-ion battery cell joint venture in Germany, where the focus will be on developing power storage devices for aerospace, naval, defense and other “specialty” … More EnerSys, GAIA launch space, naval application lithium-ion JV in Germany

Electric Planes flying at Green Flight Challenge!

We’re here at the NASA CAFE Green Flight Challenge on the third and final day of testing. The initial thirteen teams are down to four participants – three competitors and one demonstrator. Two all-electric planes are flying: e-Genius from Germany and Pipistrel Taurus G4 from Slovenia. An efficient piston plane, the PhoEnix from the Chech Republic, … More Electric Planes flying at Green Flight Challenge!

World’s first serial hybrid electric aircraft to fly at Le Bourget

Joint press release by Siemens, Diamond Aircraft and EADS Paris, Le Bourget,  23 June 2011 Siemens AG, Diamond Aircraft and EADS are set to present the world’s first aircraft with a serial hybrid electric drive system at the Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2011. The two-seater motor glider successfully completed its maiden flight on June 8 … More World’s first serial hybrid electric aircraft to fly at Le Bourget

eGenius electric aircraft makes successful maiden flight

By Darren Quick The electric powered eGenius concept demonstrator on its successful maiden flight An electric powered aircraft demonstrator has taken to the air for the first time with a 20-minute flight from Mindelheim, Germany. Intended for entry in the NASA funded CAFE 2011 Green Flight Challenge, the eGenius concept was designed by a team from the … More eGenius electric aircraft makes successful maiden flight