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Solar-powered plane circles globe in 16 months

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>> Coming in to land the end of the first ever fuel free flight around the world. It took the solar powered plane 16 months to circle the globe, 40,000 kilometers, 500 hours of flying and 2 pilots. Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg touching down in Solar Impulse 2 in the United Arab Emirates just after midnight GMT on Tuesday.
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>> Amid an oil glut and dropping prices, countries like Abu Dhabi are investing millions in renewables to diversify their economies away from oil.
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Solutions exist, they are profitable.>> The aircraft's four engines are only powered by energy collected from more than 17,000 solar cells built into the plane's wings. And the extra energy is stored in four batteries to keep the plane flying after dark. It first took off from Abu Dhabi on the ninth of March, 2015.
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Tough weather meant the pilots were grounded for months in some countries. The aircraft has a bigger wingspan than a Boeing 747 and only weighs as much as a family car. The DO hope the voyage will bolster support for clean energy.>>
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And as for those with any big ideas on how to make this happen, a bit of advice.>> Try to be pioneers in your life. Try to implement your dreams. Try to think out of the box, out of the certitudes, out of the habits. There are so many people who are just prisoners of old ways of thinking.
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And this is why the world has so much difficulty to move forward.