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Solar Impulse 2 recently completed its maiden flight in Switzerland using 15000 SunPower Maxeon™ high efficiency monocrystalline silicon cells which were hand crafted into panels to cover the entire wingspan and vertical stabiliser of this ultra light-weight aircraft.

Developed by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg and now holder of 8 world records, 2015 will see Solar Impulse 2 take on the challenge of the first round-the world flight.

The power innovation displayed in combining light weight solar technology integrated into the profile of the wings and stabiliser together with high efficiency lithium polymer batteries makes this the ultimate ‘offgrid PV’ experiment.

Source - BBC News / BBC Sport / bbc.co.uk - © 2014 BBC