SolarWorld and PC-Aero just announced plans to launch two new solar-powered electric aircraft at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany this month. The show, scheduled to begin tomorrow, will feature the SolarWorld eOne prototype aircraft and an improved Elektra One Solar.
The new Electra One Solar is an improved version of the PC-Aero’s Electric Aircraft Elektra One, upgraded with a longer wind span and 6 square-meter solar cells on the wing surface. More than 1 kW of power necessary for flying is generated by the solar cells, while the onboard Li-Ion batteries provide additional 1.5 kW. The aircraft which weighs just around 100kg without the batteries can fly more than eight hours straight, with a maximum range of 1,000 kilometers at the speed of 100 kmph. The aircraft’s body is entirely made from carbon composite materials.
Designed by SolarWorld, with the support from PC-Aero, SolarWorld eOne is a one-seater prototype aircraft which also uses solar harvesting technology. The aircraft features a 16kw engine Thanks to its lightweight body made from carbon composite materials, the aircraft features a 16 kW engine, although only 2.5 kW is needed to get the plane airborn.