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The Galapagos Airport is Now Powered Entirely by Green Energy

How a tiny island chain became a world leader in wind and solar power.

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For the past several months, aviation aficionados and green-energy enthusiasts alike have been eagerly following the progress of the Solar Impulse “perpetual endurance” airplane as it attempts to circle the planet using nothing but energy provided by our sun. While that craft is, at present, a single, custom-built flyer, and not the sort of thing likely to replace an airline’s current fleet of jets any time soon, it does offer a tantalizing glimpse at a possible future for air travel—a future in which our skies fill with planes that are safe, efficient, and entirely ecologically friendly. Unfortunately, the Solar Impulse is currently grounded in Hawaii, following damage to its solar batteries. But while the Impulse may not be slated to return to the air until sometime in 2016, there’s been another major milestone in green aviation in the meantime. One that’s considerably more down to Earth.

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The World’s First ‘Perpetual Endurance’ Solar Plane Will Launch This Month to Circle the Globe UPDATED

Wider than a 747, as light as a car, and able to fly–day or night—without a drop of fuel

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Can Biofuels Make Flying Clean and Cheap?

The first two transatlantic flights powered by biofuel blends made it safely to Paris. But blowing that much fuel to get somewhere is still a luxury.

Over the weekend, the first two transatlantic flights to be powered in part by biofuels made it safely to Paris. One, a business jet designed to ferry smaller (usually wealthy) groups, had a 50-50 blend of traditional jet fuel and biofuel in one of its engines; in the other plane, a larger, commercial jet, all four engines burned a blend that contained 15 percent biofuel.

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