Alps Double Crossing
Elektra One Solar from PC-Aero recently crossed the Alps, travelling from Germany to the small town of Lienz in Austria’s East Tyrol region in just over two and a half hours. The remarkable thing about the flight is that it was solar powered, consuming less than 18 kwh of energy. The aircraft undertook the return journey in less than favourable conditions. Despite headwinds and strong gusts the plane crossed the Alps at an altitude of more than 3000 metres and landed after about 2 hours and 190 kilometers flight as planned at the airfield in Zell am See. The emission and noise free flight was possible using 280 solar cells applied on the wing surface of the ultralight airplane and a 11.5 kWh battery package. The solar cells from the Solar World company in Germany provided about 30% of the needed energy.
The manufacturers claim an impressive maximum actual range for their aircraft of approximately 500 kms.