Solar Impulse

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Replacing water for hydraulic fracturing operations with carbon dioxide is long-term prospect, but an attractive one. As part of its ecomagination program the company is trying to figure out the best way to get the super-cooled gas to deliver proppant. “GE, which is making a push into oilfield technology, is studying how a chilled form… Keep reading →


2013 was chock-full of great stories about how energy affects our everyday lives. Below, check out the Energy Department’s best videos from the past year — from Secretary Moniz’s first day on the job to a showcase of standout student work at the Solar Decathlon. In 2013, we also visited a fourth grade class that installed solar panels… Keep reading →


The Solar Impulse HB-SIA that hop-scotched across America earlier this year, finishing its epic, sun-fueled cross-continent journey in early July, has since been broken down, packed into a jumbo jet and returned to Europe. An ocean was too big a hurdle for this plane – but come 2015, things could be different for the Swiss… Keep reading →

Solar Impulse Final Leg Flight WashingtonDC NewYork

The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse landed at New York’s JFK airport Sunday night, capping the team’s historic Across America mission. Solar Impulse was forced to land earlier than planned due to a technical issue.  “This last leg was especially difficult due to the damage of the fabric on the left wing. It obliged the team… Keep reading →

Solar Impulse in Flight

Breaking Energy spoke to André Borschberg, pilot of the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse, while he was in-flight on Friday about what his demonstration project may mean for the future of solar aviation. Borschberg, Solar Impulse project co-founder and chief executive, explained that using solar energy to power flight is something that captures the imagination. “It… Keep reading →

Experimental Solar Powered Plane Takes Test Flight

Forget “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” the 1980’s John Candy/Steve Martin comedy classic, the world’s first solar-powered plane and the world’s largest solar-powered boat are on their way to the city that never sleeps. Solar Impulse is an innovative demonstration project designed to develop and showcase cutting-edge materials and solar technology. Breaking Energy met with project… Keep reading →

Breaking Energy recently spoke with Solar Impulse co-founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg about their ambitious goal to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane that uses zero liquid fuel and can fly through the night.

A major milestone along the path to that goal will be reached in the coming weeks when Solar Impulse flies from San Francisco (Moffett Airfield) and stop in four US cities including Phoenix, Dallas Fort Worth and Washington D.C. before reaching New York’s JFK airport, its final destination in early July. Keep reading →