Solar plane explorer’s next mission: climate tech startups

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What’s harder, flying an around-the-world solar plane or finding a thousand profitable cleantech companies?

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Solar Impulse grounded in Hawaii until April 2016 for repairs to damaged batteries

July 15, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. The experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 will remain grounded in Hawaii until at least April 2016, according to the latest update from the team. In the process of its round-the-world journey, SI2 has encountered numerous delays due to shifting weather patterns, but this latest hiccup came about due to irreversible damage sustained by the batteries when they overheated on the first day of co-founder André Borschberg’s flight from Japan to Hawaii . The team anticipated some maintenance on the single-seater solar plane while in Hawaii, but it’s become apparent that the battery repair will take more time than is left in the flight season. Read the rest of Solar Impulse grounded in Hawaii until April 2016 for repairs to damaged batteries

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history

July 3, 2015 by  
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Solar Impulse 2 , piloted by André Borschberg has successfully completed its record-breaking solar-powered flight from Japan to Hawaii . The plane landed at 5:55am local time today, and was met with a traditional Hawaiian welcome reception, leis included. With this landing, the Swiss-based Solar Impulse team has proven what is possible in the realm of zero fuel transportation. This leg of the round-the-world attempt marks an exciting landmark in the timeline of renewable energy production. Read the rest of Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Andre Borschberg , bertrand piccard , futureisclean , nagoya japan , solar impulse , Solar Impulse 2 , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered flight across pacific , solar powered round the world flight , Zero energy

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Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098 mpg

July 3, 2015 by  
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We love zero fuel vehicles , but the next best thing is a mode of transportation that can take you reeeeeeally far on just a little fuel. Vehicles with that ability compete in the SAE Supermileage competition , in which collegiate teams go head-to-head in Michigan to see whose vehicle is the most fuel efficient. This year’s winner can rack up an astounding 2,098 miles on a single gallon of gas. No, dear readers, that is not a typo. The single-seater car is an ingenuous feat of engineering and an incredible accomplishment from a group of university students. Read the rest of Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098 mpg Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car 2098 mpg , energy efficient , Fuel Efficient , most fuel efficient vehicle , quebec university , SAE Supermileage Competition , student design team , supermileage

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Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

June 29, 2015 by  
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x Last week we reported that the Solar Impulse 2 could be grounded for up to a year if the experimental solar-powered airplane missed its window to take off across the Pacific Ocean. When the June 23 attempt was canceled due to worsening weather forecasts, co-founder Bertrand Piccard lamented via live web feed about the difficulty of making flight decisions with the whole world watching. It was hardly surprising to hear the news, then, that Solar Impulse successfully took off early this morning from Nagoya, Japan. Pilot André Borschberg has embarked on a solo five-day, five-night flight to Hawaii with nothing but the sun to fuel the journey. Read the rest of Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Andre Borschberg , bertrand piccard , futureisclean , nagoya japan , solar impulse , Solar Impulse 2 , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered flight across pacific , solar powered round the world flight , Zero energy

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Solar Impulse could be grounded for a whole year in Japan

June 25, 2015 by  
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Solar Impulse 2 , the experimental solar-powered aircraft, has kept us on the edge of our seats as we’ve waited, day after day, for news of a second ocean crossing attempt. The first attempt resulted in an unscheduled stop in Nagoya, Japan after the forecast changed and it was clear the flight path would be plagued with storms, making it impossible to get enough sun exposure to charge the solar batteries. That was three weeks ago. The solar-powered plane was slated to take off again on June 23, but a worsening weather forecast caused the crew to cancel that attempt as well. Now, the fragile airplane could be stuck in Japan for an entire year. Read the rest of Solar Impulse could be grounded for a whole year in Japan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Andre Borschberg , bertrand piccard , futureisclean , nagoya japan , solar impulse , Solar Impulse 2 , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered flight across pacific , solar powered round the world flight , Zero energy

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Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

June 1, 2015 by  
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Over the weekend, Solar Impulse finally departed from China to begin its five-day, five-night solar-powered journey across the Pacific Ocean on its way to Hawaii. This leg of the round-the-world expedition had been delayed for weeks due to bad weather, and a storm approaching Hawaii is forcing pilot André Borschberg to make an unscheduled stop in Nagoya, Japan. Read the rest of Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andre Borschberg , bertrand piccard , Japan , round-the-world flight , si2 , solar impulse , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered plane , Zero energy , zero fossil fuels

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New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent carcinogen

June 1, 2015 by  
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We have all heard or read the evidence that the pills or cleaners you rinse down the drain wind up in the water. But that stuff all gets filtered out at the water treatment plant , doesn’t it? Not necessarily. Scientists now say that methadone—a synthetic analgesic that lasts longer than morphine—is in the water too. What’s more, once methadone reacts with a common water treatment disinfectant, it becomes carcinogenic, according to a new study in the journal  Environmental Science and Technology Letters. Read the rest of New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent carcinogen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carcinogens in drinking water , carcinogens wastewater , drugs in drinking water , methadone and chloramine , methadone in water , NDMA , pills in water

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight

May 31, 2015 by  
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Solar Impulse 2 , the solar-powered aircraft with room for only one person, lifted off from China at 2:39am local time May 31, beginning the five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. This news comes three weeks after the original departure date , which was pushed back repeatedly as dangerous storms threatened the flightplan and the pilot’s safety. This is the seventh leg of the round-the-world journey for this experimental aircraft, which uses zero fossil fuels. The adventure began in Abu Dhabi on March 9, and is expected to culminate after twelve individual flights bring the Si2 back to its starting point, setting a number of world records along the way. Read the rest of Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andre Borschberg , bertrand piccard , round-the-world flight , si2 , solar impulse , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered plane , Zero energy , zero fossil fuels

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Solar Impulse lands in China to share messages about clean energy

April 1, 2015 by  
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Solar Impulse 2 landed in China on Tuesday, bringing a strong message about the importance of clean energy and sustainability to a country with major environmental issues . As we follow the epic round-the-globe journey of the solar-powered one-man aircraft, it becomes clear that this is not just about the feat of getting a solar-powered craft around the world, but it’s also about spreading awareness about the amazing power of clean energy sources. Landing in China completes the fifth leg of the Solar Impulse’s adventure and nabs yet another world record for the team. Arguably, this leg of the journey was the most difficult to date, as it involved navigating the sun-powered plane at high altitude over the mountainous regions of Yunnan and Sichuan and required pilot Bertrand Piccard to wear an oxygen mask, since the cabin is not pressurized like that of a commercial airplane. Solar Impulse first launched from Abu Dhabi on March 9, and the craft will make one more stop in China before heading across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. + Solar Impulse Images via Solar Impulse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andre Borschberg , around-the-world trips , bertrand piccard , flying around the world , solar impulse , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered plane , zero fuel plane , zero fuel vehicles

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