First, however, here are two great videos from the Solar Impulse team about the new solar-powered airplane:
Luckily, I had more time than most with Bertrand Piccard, who was booked much of the day, running from one interviewer to another. Below are two videos of questions I pitched to Bertrand, as well as his answers. I think they’re very interesting, but I guess I’m biased.
I loved what Bertrand had to say. Much of that was exactly what I try to communicate practically every day of the year. Solar power and electric vehicles are practical, competitive, high-performance technologies today that out-compete their dirtier counterparts on many levels, not just environmentally. The aren’t just greener products; they are better products. The #1 barrier to their adoption, in my expert opinion, is simply lack of awareness. The Solar Impulse crew is doing a tremendous job bringing more awareness to these points while inspiring people, breaking records, creating new categories of records, and advancing clean technologies that will be passed down to commercial technologies such as cars and conventional airplanes.
It’s no wonder that Google, Virgin founder Richard Branson, the US Department of Energy, ABB, and other global giants have taken notice and promoted the team. In many ways, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are like the Wright brothers of our generation. Except, in this case, they are pioneering clean technologies that will help to stop global warming and widespread pollution problems that the world is facing. They deserve all the press they are getting, and more.
To wrap up, here are a few videos and one more picture that I snapped of the Solar Impulse 2 before and after the unveiling:
Reblogged from treehugger.com