Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Roparadise, May 5, 2013.
With science, nothing is fixed. In other words, everything is a theory and open for future thought and adjustment. Ford engineers said it was impossible to develop a V configuration engine, they were adamant it could not be done. So I believe nothing is impossible, if not possible now it could be possible in the near future with improvements in related technologies that makes it possible.
The max energy that the sun produces at a given time is 1KW/h per square meter and the world wide average is 4.2KW/h spread out over the day. The entire energy requirements of a 747, is around143,000 KW
Solar powered planes will dramatically decrease the pollution. There will be less energy consumption and carbon emissions if planes will not be using toxic jet fuels.
I saw something that was looking into bringing back a combo of blimps and solar. Should be interesting.
Solar Panels could possible benefit hybrid blimps, but hybrid blimps will just be mainly used for cargo transportation.
There will probably be electric planes in the future, but not planes that run off solar planes.
I believe that also, the power may not be generated on board the aircraft via solar panels but when battery technology becomes more advanced and lighter electric planes are a good possibility.
But it will also have to be cost effective to have a electric plane when the battery technology allows planes to be electric.
Efficient and light weight transformers could potentially increase the KW/hr power derived from solar power, enough to power small private planes.
Power Transformers don't increase watts, they increase voltage while lowering current, or decrease voltage to increase current.
I meant that they could contribute to increasing the wattage, depending on the total design the transformers were a part of.
They can't contribute to increasing wattage,since they cannot produce more electricity than what is feed into them.
Simply put, there isn't enough energy available for solar plane to move them into commercial domain, unless more efficient batteries are developed.
A solar designed system can use solar to power mechanisms that produce more electricity. It's the total system, not just the initial source of power. One explanation:
"On a much larger scale, solar thermal power plants employ various techniques to concentrate the sun's energy as a heat source. The heat is then used to boil water to drive a steam turbine that generates electricity in much the same fashion as coal and nuclear power plants, supplying electricity for thousands of people.
In one technique, long troughs of U-shaped mirrors focus sunlight on a pipe of oil that runs through the middle. The hot oil then boils water for electricity generation. Another technique uses moveable mirrors to focus the sun's rays on a collector tower, where a receiver sits. Molten salt flowing through the receiver is heated to run a generator."
Depends, what do you want an electric plane or a plane who's energy source is solar? If you're looking for a fueless electric plane, you might check out Charles Lindenberg, his flight required no fuel. It was an electric plane he flew in his famous transatlantic flight. Will it provide energy for a 747, probably not. Will it provide energy for a prop plane with two people? It's already been proven. People only remember Lindenberg for his famous flight and later his child being kidnapped. Few people remember his plane was fueless and I don't believe he used a battery, either. Keep in mind our first cars were all electric, not gas. We make a big deal about "electric cars" now but there was a time where we were much more technologically advanced than we are now. And no batteries. Just a generator.
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