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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Solar power would be available as they all fly well above the clouds on every flight.
    Not all fly above the clouds.

    And at night there would be a obvious problem.

    But, when solar gets better, MUCH BETTER, then maybe it's a possibility at some point in the future.

    Long ways to go, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoVsMatrix View Post
    Well, IF the turbine would run on Petri fuel... I would question the concept... we know the basic physical laws of conservation of energy... it's neither 'created, nor lost, as its total sum. Yet, using petroleum fuel to create electricity, which then powers the plane engine, rather than using the fuel directly, there HAS to be a lack of consumable energy in that approach, we do not yet have technology that can convert energy from one form into another without losing a part of it to friction , heat energy, etc.

    So, adding a conversion into the process, would necessarily mean we need more petro fuel to power the electric engine, than powering a gas engine right away?
    I agree.

    Those would have to be some VERY efficient turbines, and STILL would not get airplanes off petroleum.

    I hope there's more info available on this as progress is being made in this area.

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