This is an excerpt from the May 20, 2013: Solar goes sky high, CSP concept paper deadline, and ask a SunShot expert edition of the SunShot newsletter.
Solar Goes Sky High
With a wingspan equal to that of a Boeing 747, the Solar Impulse is crossing the United States using roughly 12,000 solar photovoltaic cells to power its four electric engines. By pushing the limits of innovation, Solar Impulse is demonstrating solar’s potential to Americans from California to New York City on its coast-to-coast flight.
But this kind of innovation isn’t limited to the sky. The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is sending solar to new heights with a bold goal: making solar energy cost-competitive with fossil-fuel electricity by the end of the decade. Learn how SunShot and partners like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, General Atomics, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are pushing the boundaries of solar science here on land.