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Solar Powered Plane Sets Off on US Coast-to-Coast Trip

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May 3, 2013
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The Solar Impulse, an ultra-lightweight Swiss-built plane powered entirely by the sun, set off on a US coast-to-coast trip Friday, with the first leg taking it from an airfield near San Francisco to Phoenix, Arizona.


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Meant to Fly? The World's First-Solar Powered Airplane

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FORA.tv (Feb. 13, 2013) — Solar Impulse is a Swiss solar-powered airplane that will endeavor to fly around the world without fuel. After achieving the world's first solar night to day flight in 2010 and the first intercontinental flight connecting Switzerland to Morocco in 2012, a coast-to-coast flight across the United States is planned for the summer of 2013. In honor of the two visiting pioneers piloting this innovative airplane, Bertrand Piccard and Andrι Borschberg, swissnex San Francisco and the Consulate General of Switzerland are pleased to invite you to a reception and briefing on Solar Impulse. Join them to learn how the Solar Impulse project is making leaps in new materials, energy and weight optimization, even production processes, and how it is setting new milestones in aviation history. All of that while serving as an ambassador of renewable energy
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Solar Sister Solar Power Is Empowering Ugandan Women

Solar Sister Solar Power Is Empowering Ugandan Women

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 4, 2013) — 95 percent of the population in Uganda has no electric power in their homes and relies on paraffin lamps for lighting. But not only is kerosene expensive, it's also a serious pollutant. Set up in 2010, the project Solar Sister has now provided almost 32,000 Ugandans with solar technology - and trained women as saleswomen. They're earning a living, helping their community and protecting the environment. In the course of ten years, a solar lamp saves over 600 liters of kerosene and that means CO2 savings of 1.5 tons. Solar Sister hopes to have helped save 10 million tons of CO2 over the next ten years.
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Solar Powered Boat Ends Round the World Trip

Solar Powered Boat Ends Round the World Trip

AFP (May 3, 2012) — In these days of environmental awareness, a European venture has shown the possibilities of solar power. PlanetSolar is the world's largest solar-powered boat and the catamaran will complete its record-breaking round-the-world trip this week when it docks in Monaco after 600 days at sea.
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Solar Plane Plans Stops in Phoenix, Dallas, NYC

Solar Plane Plans Stops in Phoenix, Dallas, NYC

AP (Mar. 28, 2013) — A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is set to travel across the United States with stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and New York, organizers of the trip announced Thursday.
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