Chemistry of Go: Solar Powered Flight

May 5, 2016
Part five of the 2016 Material Science Series

An "M: Made of flame

What do you need to fly around the world using only the power of the sun? A whole lot of chemistry. Join Claude Michel of Solvay as he explains the materials and science that allowed for the creation of the Solar Impulse, a solar powered plane that is currently working on circumnavigating the globe. Tune in to learn about the advanced lightweight polymers and power systems that allows the plane to fly for days and how projects such as this work to advance technology. 

What You Will Learn

  • The developments in energy storage and capture that have made solar powered flight possible. 
  • Innovations in lightweight polymers that allowed the project to take flight. 
  • How projects such as Solar Impulse help to foster discoveries in chemistry by demanding more from current technology.  

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