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User currently offlineAC826 From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 94 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1201 times:

How much energy can solar power produce?
Lets have a crazy idea out here, can we fly a plane with solar energy at day time, and use fuel in the dark?
Or, if we use the solar energy with fuel, wouldn't that save power?? Also it can change the energy source for the engines!!
If that works, wouldn't be energy saving and eviromental friendly?

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User currently offlineAvman From United States of America, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1196 times:

You couldn't fit enough solar cells on an aircraft to get it off the ground. Cost would also be a bummer.

User currently offlineWingtak88 From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2000, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

so a plane needs to carry both solar power cells and fuel together?? this increase the weight and thus decrease the range of the aircraft!

How to change the energy source from solar to fuel or vice versa is a big problem too, the engine would stop and the plane would probably stall.

but i think developing new energy souce is really need before we used up all the fuel for aircrafts!
let's be environmental friendly!!!


User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1189 times:
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From what I understand -- and I'm sure y'all will correct me if I'm wrong -- electrical power on an aircraft is generated as a by-product of or in the same process as the thrust from the engines. It's not like aircraft take power from California's grid... so what would the motivation be for solar?

You'd save power that would be generated anyway, and couldn't be reused...

User currently offlineSkybutt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

I sort of get what you mean. But is there any new technologies that can produce something to put on a plane to change the solar energy to kinetic energy for the engines to move? Need to be light enough, I suppose.

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