SolarWorld and PC-Aero presented two new Solar-Powered Airplanes, that will be the first production-based solar-electric aircrafts, equipped with the standard SolarWorld solar cells and battery.
The SolarWorld E-One has a range of up to 1,000 kilometers thanks to the carbon body and weighs just 200 kilograms.
The maximum power of the engine is 16 kW, but needed to fly only 2.5 kW.
From PC-Aero website:
We do not have to wait for new technologies, we need only to integrate current components (lightweight structures with high-quality aerodynamics, light and modern electric motors and batteries) in a optimized system. Our Elektra One is such a modern single-seat Ultralight Electric Aircraft in composite construction. With the Elektra One and the existing technology it is possible to fly electric without CO2-emission and without noise for over three hours. In addition, in comparison to a classic aircraft, the operating costs are much lower”, says Calin Gologan, developer of the Elektra One . “This is very interesting for flying clubs.”