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31 August

What Should We Do About This “New Normal”

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Below, is a re-post from one of our sister publications, Windermere Sun.

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With water and massive damage of Hurricane Harvey continue to rise, and the death toll from the storm reaching 30, the National Weather Service (NWS) had to add a new color purple to indicate the unprecedented rainfall level that has occurred during the Storm/Hurricane Harvey since its landfall at Rockport, TX, on last Friday. NWS added two purple shades to its map because the old scale topped out at more than 15 inches while the new limit tops at 30 inches. Even though this is the most powerful storm that has hit Texas in more than 50 years and the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history, many experts and meteorologists believe that climate change will continue to fuel massive storms like Hurricane Harvey in the future. As Houston is experiencing its third 500-year flood in 3 years and 25 separate 500-year floods have occurred across the USA since 2010, it is conceivable that this will be our new normal.

Below, you will find an interview by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and discussion with David Helvarg, Executive Director of Blue Frontier, an ocean conservation organization, on the subject of how climate change is fueling massive storms such as Hurricane Harvey.

David Helvarg comments that these flood zones will become more water logged as the sea level rises at Texas and Louisiana coast, South Florida, etc. The prediction is such that there may be about 3-6 feet or more of sea level rise in the coming decades, with the continuing global warming. The two 10,000 year rain events in two years is becoming the new normal. Despite the Trump administration’s denial of climate change, there are many measures that individual states and cities may take in helping to slow down the climate change: installing more renewables such as solar and wind, transitioning into electric vehicles, reducing food waste and increasing local food productions, recycling, reusing, reducing, etc.

There had been more than 1,200 people who died amid flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal, and India. This year’s monsoon season has brought torrential downpours that have submerged wide swaths of South Asia, destroying tens of thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals and affecting up to 40 million people. Aid organizations are warning that this is one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years, with millions of people facing severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood water. Flood victims in southern Nepal say they have lost everything. Below, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now speaks with Asad Rehman, Executive Director of “War on Want“. Director Rehman has worked on climate change issues for over a decade.

To see what actions Central Floridians in Orlando (esp. Mayor Dyer and his team) have been pursuing in their effort to slow down the climate change, please view our previous post on Florida Climate Summit at Orlando in August, 2017. Perhaps you can also initiate and/or encourage people in your communities to transition into renewables such as solar and wind, electric vehicles, recycle, reuse,  reduce food waste and increase local food productions. Our home planet Earth is in need of our help. We need to slow down the climate change in order to prevent millions of people on earth becoming homeless.

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10 September

Are You Ready For The First Wave of Solar Tsunami-First Solar PV Plant in TX w/o PPA

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Recently (Sep. 4, 2014), First Solar has completed the initial 18MW phase construction of the 22MW Barilla Solar PV plant in Pecos County of TX.  18 MW is not a big deal, you might think…why is it being covered in various Solar news agencies? Well, it is a big deal because this represents a major Game Changer for Texas solar due to its unique position of being the first plant in the state to be constructed and financed without a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) as a backstop.  The power generated from this plant will be offered into the wholesale market, competing with other power generation sources effectively without a contract. This type of ‘merchant’ PV power plant of Pecos County will sell electricity on Texas’ ERCOT (Electricity Reliability Council of Texas) grid spot market.  Even though  merchant power projects have become more common in countries (such as Chile) where solar offers a viable alternative to costly fossil fuel generated power, but it is essentially untested here in U.S. With years of experience as world’s largest contracted solar project  development (approximately 3 GW up to this point) and proven track record of execution in converting more PPA’s to energy than any one else in the industry,

First Solar PPA Development Timeline (credit: First Solar)

First Solar would have its pulse on the moment if/when Solar Energy is ready for mainstream.

Below is an interview of First Solar CEO, Jim Hughes, at Future of Energy Summit 2014. Mr. Hughes believes that the cost of solar will continue to plummet:

Below, are some statements made by various people, regarding this project’s announcement:

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Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster, commenting on the announcement said: “First Solar is a pioneer in bringing West Texas solar into the diverse energy portfolio of Texas. In West Texas we’ve got plenty of land, some with a lot of oil under it, and all of it with sunshine which makes it perfect for solar plants like this. I’m excited to see Barilla as the first project in what I hope will soon be the ‘Texas solar patch.'”

“It is exciting to enter the Texas market with a clean, renewable energy source that is competitively priced against traditional high-cost peak resources,” said Tim Rebhorn, Senior Vice President of Business Development for First Solar. “This project demonstrates First Solar’s capability to rapidly develop, construct and commission a solar asset offering clean, renewable energy at competitive rates to the grid when and where it is needed.”

Rebhorn said that the Barilla power plant will contribute to lower electricity prices for Texas consumers, while providing a reliable resource to power providers.

According to the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Texas has the greatest technical potential for solar development in the U.S. The Barilla Solar Project takes advantage of one of the best solar resource geographies in the state, with the added benefit of tying into nearby existing power transmission infrastructure in the West Texas region. The solar power plant utilizes no water for electricity generation, an important additional benefit in an area where scarce water resources must be preserved.

Regarding the Barilla project, state Rep. Poncho Nevarez (D – Eagle Pass) said, “We are blessed with sunshine in Pecos County and West Texas. Harnessing it would give us an opportunity for clean and efficient power for Texas’ future. What a great investment!”

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This Game Changing position of First Solar indicates to us, that we are observing the first wave of Solar Tsunami. Solar Energy is ready for mainstream. I’d like to ask rest of the sunny states of USA, are you also ready for the Solar Tsunami? Are you ready to take advantage of the generous sunshine bestowed upon you?

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4 July

The Future Is Hopeful…When Solar/Renewable Energy Age Is Here

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This post is thought through and written between July 3-4, 2014, when I was on the road, hurrying to get back to home,  in Florida, for the July 4th Celebration. The televised intense discussion of situation in TX border seemingly to have added few degrees of mugginess to the airport waiting room. The overly excited rhetoric of the TV reporter presented the loosening grip of the Southern border of USA as something unprecedented in the entire human history. In reality, the territorial evolution of North American boundary had been changeable for hundreds of years. Let’s take a look at what wikipedia had to say on the subject: Territorial Evolution of North America Since 1763. The difference between then and now is the lack of bloodshed in association with any boundary changes in 21st century.

Another example is taking place in Europe during the past 60 years. Europe has shifted from a land of net emigration to one of net immigration. A progressive lessening of restrictions on labor mobility between certain European countries has taken place. As indicated in an article of Free Movement in Europe: Past and Present in MPI (Migration Policy Institute):

In a way, this opening up of borders is a return to the past. Prior to the start of World War I in 1914, there were virtually no border controls or restrictions to labor mobility across the continent. During the war, however, the crossing of borders by foreigners began to be considered a security concern, and it was at this time that passports and visas were introduced in Europe.

Then in the 1950s, when Europe was beginning to recover from the devastation of World War II and experiencing a period of intense economic growth, labor mobility was again encouraged. Because the lack of skilled workers was seen as a threat to the economy, freedom of movement of qualified industrial workers was included in the treaties founding the European Economic Community (EEC), the predecessor of the current European Union, in 1957.

If going far back enough, the same would have been true in USA. If we take a look at the history of Ellis Island, closing the border usually was preceded by occurrence of war when greater paranoia or fear resides in people’s heart. Loosening the border is generally associated with peace time when work needs to be done to induce greater economic expansion.

The oil crisis that started in 1973 put an end to the open-doors policy regarding migrant workers, who were welcomed when the economy needed them but were expected to leave when times were hard. To the surprise of the host nations, however, most of the guest workers had come to stay. Moreover, many of these migrants had invited their families to join them in the destination countries, making family ties a more prominent cause for legal migration into Europe than active labor recruitment. This dilemma was neatly summarized by Swiss author Max Frisch: “We asked for workers, but human beings came.” (Free Movement in Europe: Past and Present in MPI (Migration Policy Institute).

Why am I writing about this in Sun Is The Future? Well, the open-door policy that was closed by the oil crisis will now be opened by  Solar and Renewable Energy Age. There will be so much work needing to be done! There will be countless job opportunities, better and cleaner environment, lessened fear of fuel shortage or wars among nations. It is the pressure of population density and shortage of jobs or natural resources that would fuel the potential of wars. It is high time we earthlings should recognize the fact that we are all in it (our planet Earth) together! Free mobility and free trade are both much more efficient and humane way of distributing our resources. In the long run, it would benefit all of us! Perfect example is seen in lack of free trade:  the eventual outcome of tariffs on Chinese solar modules would  hinder the pocket book of the American consumers.

If economics and history are still not able to convince us of the benefit of the free mobility and free trade, then please allow me to appeal to our emotions….nothing stated the sentiment as eloquently as Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (the Statue of Liberty Song).  Lyrics from the inscription on the Statue of Liberty (music by Irving Berlin and words by Emma Lazarus): Below is a video of Sandi Patty, performing Irving Berlin’s “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” with the Cincinnati Pops in 1999, with Emma Lazarus’ words below.


Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning,
And her name, Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome;
Her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor
That twin cities frame.
“Keep, Ancient Lands, your storied pomp!”
Cries she with silent lips.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door
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Let us ask ourselves: if our neighbors’ house was burned down by the fire and needed a place to stay, how can we turn them away? Perhaps we should all simply try to do with a bit less. So, that in the long run, we will not have to deal with the cost and sufferings of bloodshed or warfare. Then, I may be able to travel to any corner on earth, and still be able to hold my head up high and be proud to be an American. For despite all of our imperfections, we are still trying and we still have not yet given up on our hope.

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8 May

Bravo For These Leading Solar Cities!!!

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A quick note to share these 20 cities in USA that are leading in Solar, below:

Cities Leading in Solar (These cities are pushing solar into the mainstream energy sector. Credit: Environmental California)

HURRAY for ALL of them in helping to push Solar into the mainstream energy sector!!!

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30 December

Announcing American Solar Challenge 2014!

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American Solar Challenge 2012, Oregon State University near finish line (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

I can’t wait to let you know about the American Solar Challenge 2014 (ASC/FSGP 2014) scheduled to take place in July of 2014.  The 2014 American Solar Challenge is going to be an 8 day 1700+ mile road course traveling through 7 states from Austin, TX to St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN.  Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP 2014) will be returning to the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX!  COTA provided excellent facilities and served as a great host for FSGP 2013.

Just a quick reminder of what happened last time at American Solar Challenge 2012, video of some special moments at ASC2012 (1 of 2) below:


Special Moments of American Solar Challenge 2012 (2 of 2) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aAgXIdDA-w

 

For photo coverage post on participating universities at American Solar Challenge 2012, click on–> ASC2012 Photos.

Below is the ASC Route and Schedule Overview. Exact locations of stage/checkpoints are still being finalized.

  • Mon, July 21: Start in Austin, TX with a checkpoint in (TBD), TX
  • Tue, July 22: Arrive at stage stop in Norman, OK
  • Wed, July 23: Depart Norman, OK with a checkpoint in Wichita, KS
  • Thu, July 24: Arrive at stage stop in Overland Park, KS
  • Fri, July 25: Depart Overland Park, KS and arrive at stage stop in Omaha, NE
  • Sat, July 26: Depart Omaha, NE with a checkpoint in Ames, IA
  • Sun, July 27: Arrive at stage stop in La Crosse, WI
  • Mon, July 28: Finish in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN

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26 December

Carrie Vanston Talks About Minitrends at World Future Society 2013

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I’ve delayed posting this piece because I wanted to wait until after finishing reading the book that I am about to post, Minitrends. I met its co-author, Carrie Vanston, at the World Future Society 2013 Conference in Chicago, IL during the month of July.  Below: Ms. Vanston, with a pleasant and personable demeanor, sat down to chat about her book Minitrends and the Annual MiniTrends Conferences that may be of interest to many of our viewers/readers who are innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs of emerging technologies:


I’m glad Minitrends is in the top quarter of my reading pile (with a list of over 60 books). It turned out to be quite a gem, well deserving of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Best Business Book Award and several other book awards.  With 30 years of experience as a technology forecasting expert, Dr. Vanston teaches us how to scope out a systematic and doable discovery path through diverse sources containing clues about changes just  beginning to happen. In the book, minitrends are described as the innumerable ripples within the sea swells of established ideas, with some of these ripples destined to be the genesis of waves, or even tsunamis (such as modern computing).  The challenge lies in  finding the ripples (with tangible destiny) within the large body of established ideas and shape them into products or services. The book is divided into five parts:

Cover of the book, Minitrends, by John H. Vanston Ph.D. with Carrie Vanston

 

 

  1. The Value of Minitrends
  2. Uncovering Minitrends
  3. Some Attractive Minitrends
  4. Prospering From Minitrends
  5. Becoming a Minitrends Master

Ms. Vanston represents the company Technology Futures Inc. which provides quality custom studies and technology forecasts on key trends to a wide variety of commercial, government, and academic organizations. Through Technology Futures Inc., authors John H. Vanston Ph.D. and Carrie Vanston compiled valuable list of best practices in the book “Minitrends” to guide entrepreneurs and innovators to profit from their respective passions while making a significant impact in our world. Minitrends represent current small emerging trends (technical, social, economic, regulatory, demographic, etc.) that will become important within two to five years, not yet recognized but can be projected/forecasted, with value driven purpose. This book is a great source for ideas for new ventures and is currently available in printed and/or e-book format at amazon.com. To create opportunities for innovators to meet, Technology Future Inc. also hosted MiniTrends 2013 Conference (2nd Annual Conference) in Austin, TX, focused on the topic of The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility. Upcoming Minitrends 2014 Conference will take place in Austin, TX during Fall of 2014. This conference  will be attended by visionaries and thought-leaders looking for opportunities not yet widely recognized. To find out more details about Minitrends 2014 Conference, please feel free to contact: (512) 258-8898, or Toll Free (800)TEK-FUTR or email info@tfi.com

If you are some one who is in search of innovative ideas, be it for individuals, small-, medium-, large- size companies, and want to become a master at developing  and/or prospering from such trends, the book “Minitrends” by John H. Vanston with Carrie Vanston may be purchased via amazon.com. If you are looking for events to interact with other innovators and thought-leaders interested in future of technologies, please feel free to go to: www.minitrends.com/contact to find out when and where the 3rd Annual MiniTrends Conference will be held.

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4 June

Solar Impulse Has Successfully Arrived At Historic St. Louis!

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has arrived in St. Louis safely. I’d like to share with you, below, the video of the take off from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport for the flight to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.


Below are some of the flight information, also available at www.solarimpulse.com:

Flight: Dallas KDFW – St. Louis KSTL

Pilot: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman

Take off time: June 3nd 04:06AM CDT (UTC-5)

Landing time: June 4th 01:28AM CDT (UTC-5)

Flight duration: 21h21min

Average ground speed: 49 km/h (26.3 kt)

Highest altitude reached: 7 315 m(24 000 ft)

Flight Distance: 1040 km (~562 NM)

St. Louis was chosen as the destination for the third leg of this Across America mission for historic and symbolic reasons. St. Louis is best known for the “Spirit of St. Louis

Spirit of St. Louis (by Ad Meskens)

who, piloted by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 completed the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris. This flight was made possible by St. Louis businessmen including the namesake of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Albert Bond Lambert.

 

Two open house days will be organized so hurry up and sign up here for Thursday June 6th between 9 AM and 12 PM or Friday June 7th between 9 AM and 1 PM.

Places are limited and handed out on a first comes, first serves basis.

There is much work involved behind the scene of The Solar Impulse Team. Please also visit these sites below:

  1. A TEAM
  2. AN AIRPLANE
  3. A MESSAGE
  4. JOIN THE CHALLENGE (find out how you can become a Solar Impulse Friend/Adventurer/Innovator/Explorer/Pioneer)

Stay tuned in for more in our future posts.

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2 June

Severe Midwest Weather Brought Out Revolutionary Inflatable Hanger For Solar Impulse

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A detailed press release just arrived today regarding Solar Impulse’s Across America Mission:

SEVERE WEATHER IN MIDWEST CHALLENGES SOLAR IMPULSE’S THIRD LEG ACROSS AMERICA

Solar Impulse to use for first time a revolutionary inflatable hangar after damage to St. Louis Hangar. Take a look at this Inflatable Hanger.


DALLAS (TX), June 2, 2013 – The strong storms that struck the St. Louis area Friday night have rendered inoperable Solar Impulse’s hangar at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg remains scheduled to fly from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday, June 3, to St. Louis. To protect the aircraft upon landing after midnight CDT (UTC-5) on Tuesday, June 4, Solar Impulse will deploy a revolutionary inflatable structure for the first time.

 

Multiple tornadoes touched down in the St. Louis region Friday night and caused damage to several Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s buildings including the hangar reserved for Solar Impulse. Postponing the flight is not an option, as the particularly difficult weather conditions in the region leave only very few flight possibilities between Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Louis, and it might be the only one this week. If Solar Impulse doesn’t seize this opportunity, the chances of reaching final destination of the Across America Mission as scheduled could be compromised.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard will therefore take-off Monday morning for a 21 hours flight, — his longest flight in the single-seat cockpit to date. But because of the damage caused to the official hangar in St. Louis, Solar Impulse will attempt to use its own inflatable hangar to park the aircraft. Conceived and designed by the Solar Impulse team for the world tour of 2015, this revolutionary structure will be used for the very first time in real conditions. The team will only have a few hours to deploy this innovative structure before the airplane arrives.

Starting Saturday, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has mobilized its forces to help Solar Impulse reorganize and confront this extraordinary situation. The Logistics and Mission teams are working hand-in-hand around the clock to face the challenge of bringing the airplane safely to St. Louis and ensuring its protection upon arrival. The stopover in St. Louis during the crossing of the United States is very important and symbolic for Solar Impulse. St. Louis was chosen as the Midwest stopover to pay homage to the city’s aviation legacy, which includes aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh and his “Spirit of St. Louis,” the first airplane to fly from New York to Paris non-stop.

After St. Louis, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will continue to alternately pilot the solar airplane to reach Washington, D.C. and New York.

SOLAR IMPULSE DALLAS/FORT WORTH – LAMBERT-ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ROUTE
(please note timings might be subject to change):

04:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 a.m. Swiss Time): Estimated take-off from Dallas/Fort Worth (TX)
06:00 a.m. CDT (01:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Crossing the border into Oklahoma – Heading north towards Tulsa (OK): Cruising altitude 5’000 ft
07:00 a.m. CDT (02:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Passing nearby Ardmore (OK)
09:00 a.m. CDT (04:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Flying about 60 miles east of Oklahoma City: cruising altitude 6’000 ft
11:00 a.m. CDT (06:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Passing the Tulsa region – heading north towards Kansas: Cruising altitude 8’000 ft
01:00 p.m. CDT (08:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Flying nearby Independence (KS) – Turning East towards Missouri: Cruising altitude 10’000 ft
05:00 p.m. CDT (12:00 a.m. Swiss Time): Flying between the Lake of Ozarks State Park and the Fort Leonard Wood, direction St. Louis (MO): Cruising altitude 27’000 ft
01:00 a.m. CDT (08:00 a.m. Swiss Time): Estimated landing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (MO)

The Solar Impulse Across America mission is made in partnership with SolvaySchindlerBayer Material ScienceSwiss Re Corporate SolutionsSunpower and the Swiss Confederation.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR MEDIA
Although the flight has been confirmed, the flight director may still decide to postpone it or alter the route shortly before take-off. Keep up to date with the latest news at www.solarimpulse.com.

TRACK THE ACROSS AMERICA 2013 MISSION ON THE INTERNET VIA COMPUTER AND MOBILE DEVICE
During the Across America mission, each flight will be streamed live on www.solarimpulse.com as well as on Twitter andFacebook. The airplane’s position, altitude and speed will be shown in real time, while cockpit and mission control cameras allow viewers to experience the journey.

HI-DEF PICTURES, PRESS RELEASES, BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS AND VIDEO FOOTAGE CAN BE DOWNLOADED AT:
http://press.solarimpulse.com
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Password: zerofuelairplane-2012

THE “ACROSS AMERICA” MISSION AT A GLANCE:

  • Early May 2013: First leg San Francisco/Moffett Airfield – Phoenix/Sky Harbor
  • Mid May 2013: Second leg Phoenix/Sky Harbor – Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Early June 2013: Third leg Dallas/Fort Worth – St. Louis/Lambert Airport
  • Early to Mid-June 2013: Fourth leg St. Louis/Lambert Airport – Washington DC/Dulles
  • Early July 2013: Fifth and last leg Washington DC/Dulles – New York/JFK

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ABOUT SOLAR IMPULSE
Swiss pioneers Dr Bertrand Piccard (Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and the driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first airplane that can fly day and night without fuel. Solar Impulse is a unique adventure that aims to bring emotions back at the heart of scientific exploration, a flying laboratory to find innovative technological solutions for today’s challenges and a vision to inspire each of us to be pioneers in our everyday lives.

This revolutionary carbon fibre airplane has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 (63.4m / 208 ft) and the weight of a small car (1,600kg / 3,527 lb). It is the result of seven years of intense work, calculations, simulations and tests by a team of about 80 people and 100 partners and advisors. A plane so big and light has never been built before. The 12,000 solar cells built into the wing provide four 10HP electric motors with renewable energy. By day the solar cells recharge the 400kg / 881 lb lithium batteries which allow the plane to fly at night.
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Let’s hope for much better weather condition in the coming week.

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Homepage: http://www.sunisthefuture.net



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1 June

Solar Impulse Will Be Taking Off For Its Third Leg Soon

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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For our continued report on Across America Mission of Solar Impulse. Solar Impulse HB-SIA will be getting ready for its third leg between Dallas, TX and St. Louis, MO on Monday, June 3, 2013.

I’d like to share an email from our Solar friends Andre Borschberg & Bertrand Piccard of the Solar Plane-Solar Impulse,  and a video clip of Across America Mission of Solar Impulse below:

Dear Susan Sun,

There seems to be a positive weather window opening up this Monday, June 3rd, for Solar Impulse to continue its Across America mission. With Bertrand at the commands, the solar airplane will take-off from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport around 4:30AM CT (UTC-5) to complete the third leg of the journey that will lead it to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (MO). Landing is scheduled after midnight CT (UTC-5).

This tornado-stricken region, characterized by high turbulence and strong winds, has made it quite challenging to find the appropriate conditions to continue the adventure.  But things seem to be clearing up and Solar Impulse is excited to discover the symbolic city of St. Louis.

On the footsteps of aviation pioneers, Bertrand and André want to awaken people’s pioneering spirit and St. Louis is the perfect place to do so. In fact, early US aviation history can be tracked back to the days when Charles Lindbergh transported US Mail between Chicago and St. Louis before his attempt to cross the Atlantic. Even though the historic “Spirit of St. Louis” was built in San Diego (CA), it was St. Louis businessmen and entrepreneurs that had the knack for exploration and financed the adventure that successfully led Lindbergh to fly from New York to Paris in 1927. In fact, the airport in St. Louis was named after an important St. Louis businessman, Albert Bond Lambert, who contributed to financing the crossing of the Atlantic.

For those of you that are in the St. Louis area, the Solar Impulse team is working hard to organize an Open House for the public to come see the solar airplane with their own eyes! Although not yet certain, we like to be optimists so you should too! Sign up here to get your name on the Waitlist; we will then inform all registered persons directly about the date and time of a potential visit.

Please be aware that the flight schedule could change before Monday if the Flight Director orders to fly another day or change the itinerary.  You can regularly check the Solar Impulse website for the latest news concerning the flight or other updates.

Don’t forget that Solar Impulse always films the entire mission flights live. Just go directly to Solar Impulse TV and see the pilots, one from the cockpit and the other from the ground, follow interviews with the people that make it happen and watch footage from past events and flights. Also on the live page, and during all flights, there’s a moving map and virtual cockpit allowing viewers like you to feel as if they too were in the cockpit

Solar Impulse is not only about showcasing the potential of clean technologies, but about spreading a message. As part of the Clean Generation initiative, launched with the Across America mission, Solar Impulse wants to inspire and incite politicians, businessman and ordinary people to invest in clean technologies. The more people that join the movement the stronger the message; for this reason, a custom-designed flag displaying the Clean Generation slogan and the name of the destination city, will be carried in the cockpit during each leg together with a USB key. The key virtually carries the names of Solar Impulse supporters across the United States. If you would like your friends or family to be part of this pioneering adventure and cross the country with you, tell them to sign up today and become a friend of the project.

Solar Impulse Team

PS.  You can also follow AndréBertrand or Solar Impulse directly on their Twitter pages

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Be sure to keep checking Solar Impulse website for more updates.

~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered & posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Homepage: http://www.sunisthefuture.net

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24 November

“Shine, Baby, Shine!” As Larry Hagman Would Have Said….

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Dear Friends & Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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I was in Riverside, CA area during the week of Thanksgiving, driving by the construction site of the 550 megawatt Desert Sunlight Solar Farm when I came across the news on the radio of the passing of Larry Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012), the solar energy advocate who is also known as the actor who played “Tony” Nelson in the sitcom I Dream of  Jeannie during the 1960s and ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing in the primetime TV soap opera Dallas in the 1970s and 1980s.  But in later part of his life, Larry got into a different kind of energy and had been known as a solar energy advocate and spokesperson for SolarWorld.  Below is an interview of Larry Hagman back in 2008:

 

Larry Hagman, the actor and solar energy advocate born on September 21, 1931, in Fort Worth, TX, passed away on November 23, 2012, in Dallas, TX, of throat cancer.(wikimedia)


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