US energy debate heats up as Solar Impulse plans trip

“US energy debate heats up as Solar Impulse plans trip”
Published April 20, 2016 | swissinfo.ch

“In many ways Phoenix, Arizona, would be a natural stop for a high-tech solar airplane like Solar Impulse because the sun influences many aspects of life in the desert city. But temperatures are rising in the state over disagreements on how to manage the growth of solar power.

Phoenix is one of four options for the next Solar Impulse landing. The others are Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. It would be a repeat visit for the Solar Impulse team, which stopped there while crossing the United States in 2013.

“The opportunity to be able to bring our airplane to the US, to do this flight across America, [is] something we’ve been dreaming about since the beginning of the project,” Solar Impulse’s co-founder André Borschberg told a group of graduating Arizona State University engineering students then. Continue reading “US energy debate heats up as Solar Impulse plans trip”

Solar Impulse Exclusive: Link to Interview with pilot Andre Borschberg

Control room
The sun is long gone, and the countdown to dawn is ticking away.  The crowds of press and crew have dwindled to a minimum at the Payerne airfield.  I am one of a handful of people awake and alert during this event.  A photographer once told me the key to a good picture is timing.  “You just need to be there,” he said.  That is also true of journalism.  At 1 a.m. I was allowed into the sacred heart of this Solar Impulse project to interview pilot Andre Borschberg.  I and a French journalist were the only two allowed into the control room, and the interviews were broadcast at solarimpulse.com.

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Solar Impulse: Interview with Bertrand Piccard

Bertrand Piccard
Solar Impulse is in the air, and has been flying for 12 hours gathering solar energy from its 12,000 solar panels affixed to its massive wings.  Your humble correspondent had a few minutes with Bertrand Piccard, the lead of the Solar Impulse project and the first man to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.  Here is my interview with Piccard, giving the latest. (as of 1800, 7June10.)

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