AC826 From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 94 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 943 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?
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2900 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 931 times:
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...
Skybutt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 928 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.