Around the World on Zero Carbon a Day

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … Hy-Bird! The race to fly a “green” plane around the world is on, and French company Lisa Airplanes says its zero-carbon Hy-Bird aircraft will make the trip as early as the summer of 2009.

The Hy-Bird—which looks kind of like an airborne high-heeled shoe—is made of lightweight carbon fibre and weighs in at just 1.1 tons. The tail and wings—20 metres or 65 feet tip to tip—are outfitted with photovoltaic cells to supply energy for takeoff and onboard power supply. A hydrogen fuel cell (hence the name, “Hy-Bird”) provides power while the craft is in flight.

“It is solely powered by an electric engine,” Lisa President Erick Herzberger explains. “It will be the first airplane that does not emit any greenhouse gas and is completely silent.”

It could still be years before travellers can book a flight on a Hy-Bird, and when they do, flight times will likely be significantly longer—cruising speed for Lisa’s first model is an estimated 150 kilometres or 95 miles an hour, compared to 920 kilometres or 570 miles an hour for the average 747.

The company hopes, though, that the technology will improve and the plane’s maiden voyage will inspire excitement about the future of clean transportation.

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32 comments

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

thank you

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Anne Mueller
Anne M.4 years ago

I had no idea this was already achieved 3 years ago!

Michael Kirkby
Michael Kirkby4 years ago

Cool but if we'd used Tesla's scalar wave logarithmic energy devices we would be flitting around the solar system today without any emissions. Oh wait, the Elites who control the technology arleady have it. It's just not available to us. After all 85+% of all UFOs are terrestrial and man made.

Michael Kirkby
Michael Kirkby4 years ago

Cool but if we'd used Tesla's scalar wave logarithmic energy devices we would be flitting around the solar system today without any emissions. Oh wait, the Elites who control the technology arleady have it. It's just not available to us. After all 85+% of all UFOs are terrestrial and man made.

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

long overdue

Hannah L.
Hannah L.4 years ago

Thanks

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez4 years ago

awesome thanks for sharing!!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jose Gaspar
Jose Gaspar5 years ago

Sweet!