Solar Impulse 2 has made it halfway across the Atlantic after setting off from New York, becoming the first ever purely solar powered aircraft to attempt to cross the Atlantic.
The Round-The-World journey began on 9th March in Abu Dhabi and has already travelled across Asia, the Pacific and The United States. The journey between New York and Seville, Spain, is set to take around 90 hours.
Solar Impulse aims to demonstrate that clean technologies can achieve impossible goals.
“Everybody could use the plane’s technologies on the ground to halve our world’s energy consumption, save natural resources and improve our quality of life. This message is being spread by the pilots to the general public, students, key decision-makers and entrepreneurs all over the world.” Solar Impulse
“If governments had the courage to promote clean technologies on a massive scale, our society could simultaneously reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, create jobs and stimulate sustainable growth. Public attention must be drawn towards the changes necessary to ensure our planet’s energy and ecological future. Also, a positive and stimulating image of environmental protection must demonstrate that the alternative energy sources, related to new technologies, can achieve what some consider impossible.”
With less than half way remaining, the aircraft is due to land in Seville on Friday. If successful, could this further increase the global use of renewable energies?