Transparent Solar Powered Eco-Plane Wins 1st Place










Roland Cernat, a graduate form the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd/Germany, has designed an environmentally friendly plane called the Oriens. Oriens is a motor glider concept based on the cradle-to-cradle principle. The design won first prize this year at the Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award 2008.

The Oriens is energy efficient and made of sustainable materials. What exactly is the Oriens made of? It contains solar panels on the wings and the body of the plane. The solar panels provide enough energy to make this plane fly without fuel. For safety reason a fuel engine is installed in the plane and ready to take control if the solar power panels are not able to provide enough energy.

In addition the transparent cockpit is made with polycarbonate, a synthetic material that can be recycled over and over again. The transparency of the cockpit serves a purpose- to reach an intense flight feeling.

The design process is still in the works. To see some of the sketches and for more information visit Roland Cernat's website . Which design do you think is best for this lightweight energy-saving aircraft? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Via Ecogeek

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous


was about to say what if it turns cloudy. Good to have that fuel engine.

Jul 10, 2008
by Anonymous

cool !

great blog, I added your blog to my blogroll.

Jul 11, 2008
by Anonymous

eco plane

interesting project.... got any design plans in the pipeline for a rotary wing aircraft?

Jul 23, 2008
by Anonymous

nobody made it, nobody flied it

try to find a video of this glider flying.

where are the batteries?
where is the electric and/or combustion engine?
where is the *foldable* propeller?
where are the access doors?
if it is real, we sould see a real photo (glider on grass, people around...), not just a computer design with an unknown grey background

guys, this glider is a good idea, but it needs to be polished to glow...

do you still believe in santa claus?

Jan 6, 2009
by Anonymous

he would win

He would win... appears so