Scientist and former yachtsman Raphael Dinelli has developed the 'Eraole', a hybrid, solar and biofuel-powered aircraft that's been in the making since 2009. The aircraft was built at Laboratoire Ocean Vital, Dinelli's company.
Donelli and his team plan is to make the first carbon-free transatlantic flight a reality by June 2016.
Eraole is made out of composite and lightweight materials and is powered by solar cells that are built into its wings. When unable to draw energy from the sun, Eraole uses micro-algae powered biofuel to continue on its journey. The plane will also rely on gliding to contribute to about 20 percent of its journey. During take off Eraole is able to draw power from lithium-ion batteries for an extra boost.
Eraole aims to cruise at around 10,000 feet (609 metres) and has a top speed of 100 km/h (about 62 mph).
Source and images: Laboratoire Ocean Vital
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