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Solar Hangar Recharges Zero-Emission Electric Airplane

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 26, 2010 @ 12:42 pm In Green Transportation,Solar Power | 2 Comments

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Biofuel [1]-powered planes [2] may be the next big thing in aviation, but PC-Aero [3] has a vision for a new wave of emission-free aircraft that are charged solely by the sun. Using a system similar to what we’re already beginning to see with electric vehicles [4], their Elektra One electric aircraft spends its downtime recharging in a solar hangar dubbed the Green Village Airfield.

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The project, which is still in the planning phase, expects that the one-seater Elektra One plane could fly for over three hours sans CO2 emissions before needing to return to the hangar for recharging. PC-Aero says that the plane will feature top-notch batteries, electric motors, solar cells and a light fiber composite structure. No word on how long it might take to recharge though — we’re guessing quite a long time. If all goes well with the Elektra One, expect two and four-seater electric aircraft to follow.

+ PC-Aero [3]


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[1] Biofuel: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/16/transportation-tuesday-worlds-first-biodiesel-jet/

[2] planes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/17/mit-team-unveils-airplane-that-uses-70-percent-less-fuel/

[3] PC-Aero: http://www.aircraft-certification.de/

[4] electric vehicles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/15/new-york-gets-its-first-ever-electric-vehicle-charging-station/

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