none

PLANE TO MAKE CARBON FREE JOURNEY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

15-03-2016
by 
in 

After seven years in the making, Eraole is about to make its first flight over the Atlantic. But what makes this so important. The fact that is runs purely on biofuels and solar energy.

Developed by Raphaël Dinelli a French pilot, scientist, and entrepreneur, the plane is making its first journey I June.

The aircraft is lightweight and is powered by solar cells built in its wings, and when the sun goes down, an algae-based biofuel is used instead.

With 20% of the power being generated as it glides, there is very little effort in powering the craft.

The machine ws created by Dinelli's alternative energy company, Laboratoire Océan Vital.

Although power won’t be much of an issue, the aircraft is not automated, meaning that Dinelli will be the one flying it around.

The issues that he’s expected to face is a cramped cockpit, and 30% less oxygen than usual because of the non-pressurised cabin, for an entire 60hour flight with no autopilot.  

With a lot of experience in solo flying, he is equipped to tackle the flight.

Looking at how much flying contributes to our carbon emissions is enormous. As the New York Times has reported, one round trip from New York to Europe released 2-3 tons of carbon dioxide per person.

There are small lithium-ion batteries included on the plane for some thrust during take off, but after that, it’s solar power for about 25% of the time, 20% being attributed to the time it’s gliding, so that leaves 55% if algae biofuel. 

With a cruising altitude of 609 metre and a max speed of 100 km/h the Eraole isn’t the fastest plane, as a matter of fact a traditional commercial plane can make that trip in a tenth of the time, but there are hopes that this will be a spark in renewable aviation.

"People investigating non-carbon flight are no longer seen as a bunch of eccentric dreamers," Dinelli told CNN. We can't wait to see it fly.

Related news & editorials

  1. 19.10.2021
    19.10.2021
    by      In
    Big Ass Fans Australia, a globally leading manufacturer of electrical fans, is pleased to announce it has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner for Business Innovation (BIA) in the prestigious The Australian Business Awards 2021.
    The Australian Business Award for Business Innovation recognises... Read More
  2. 19.10.2021
    19.10.2021
    by      In
    Sandvik Coromant launches new software module for controlled chip breaking
    Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new machining method that enables controlled chip breaking in thread turning applications. Launched within the existing CoroPlus® Tool Path software, OptiThreading™ is a new software module... Read More
  3. 19.10.2021
    19.10.2021
    by      In
    A prize-winning manufacturer of slide-on campers designed to withstand the extremes of the Australian climate and rigors of Outback tracks is finding a new generation of adventurers post-Covid is demanding more creature comforts as they venture into places they have never experienced.
    Wedgetail... Read More
  4. 19.10.2021
    19.10.2021
    by      In
    Fritt Fall is not for the faint hearted. Up to 4,000 visitors a day can enjoy the biggest attraction of the Gröna Lund theme park on the island of Djurgarden in Sweden’s capital Stockholm. The passengers are lifted to a height of 80 metres at a rate of three metres per second before falling into... Read More
Products
Suppliers