Gallery: SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Airplanes


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.

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  1. Foyst April 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Very good question. I don\\\’t know the answer but what I do know is solar cells/panels are made flat and are very brittle so making them wrap around the aero-dynamics of this plane would be very challenging indeed. It would take a lot of product development on the solar technology side, I suppose these guys have just incorporated what is already available.

  2. nikc April 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Could someone explain to me why the whole plane isn’t just covered in solar cells? I’ll admit that i have very little understanding in the subject, but I’m just curious to understand why the plane (and other solar vehicles for that matter) aren’t just coated in solar cells?

  3. Davide April 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm


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