From: Inside Story

Record-breaking flight shows the power of solar energy

Solar Impulse 2’s flight from Japan to Hawaii, using only solar power, has put clean technology back on the agenda.

A record-breaking flight using electricity produced from the sun is showcasing what is possible using clean technology.

The accomplishment marks the latest leg of a round-the-world mission by two Swiss explorers to promote the promise of clean technology.

Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi on March 9 on the first stage of a 35,000 km journey.

The sun-driven plane completed its latest leg from Japan to Hawaii on Friday, setting three world records in the process.

A timely reminder of the need for renewable energy? Or more a case of hope than realistic expectation?

Presenter: Shiulie Ghosh

Guests:

Raymond Clerc – Solar Impulse Mission Director

Klaus Weber – an associate professor from the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at Australian National University

Douglas Parr – a Policy Director at Greenpeace