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Around the World on Zero Carbon a Day

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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6:22AM PDT on May 15, 2013

thank you

10:44AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:14AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

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

6:36AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

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.

6:36AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

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.

8:34AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

long overdue

2:55PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Thanks

9:44AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

awesome thanks for sharing!!

6:07AM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:34AM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

Sweet!

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