Title

The Feasability of Solar Power on Commercial Aircraft

Author(s)

Aidan Willhide

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

10th Grade

Presentation Topic

Engineering

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

For this project, the goal was to determine whether or not it was feasible to incorporate solar power on a Boeing 737. An example of real life solar powered flight is the Solar Impulse, made a flight around the world in 505 days. For this project, small 2x1 inch solar panels were used to determine their average amperage and voltage, and find the average wattage. Then it was figured how many of the panels I could fit on the wings of a Boeing 737 in order to get the overall wattage. Theoretically, the panels could generate 46.37 watts on a cloudy day, 92.91 watts on a sunny day, and 306.48 watts using the advertised performance specs. In the end it is possible that the addition of solar panels on a 737 would be a helpful feature.

Location

John's Hall 105

Start Date

3-28-2020 12:00 PM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

COinS
 
Mar 28th, 12:00 PM

The Feasability of Solar Power on Commercial Aircraft

John's Hall 105

For this project, the goal was to determine whether or not it was feasible to incorporate solar power on a Boeing 737. An example of real life solar powered flight is the Solar Impulse, made a flight around the world in 505 days. For this project, small 2x1 inch solar panels were used to determine their average amperage and voltage, and find the average wattage. Then it was figured how many of the panels I could fit on the wings of a Boeing 737 in order to get the overall wattage. Theoretically, the panels could generate 46.37 watts on a cloudy day, 92.91 watts on a sunny day, and 306.48 watts using the advertised performance specs. In the end it is possible that the addition of solar panels on a 737 would be a helpful feature.