POWERED BY AIR FRICTION
Instead of fossil fuel or large battery banks, Eather One, the brainchild of designer Michal Bonikowski, will be powered by air friction across its wings and airframe. It uses triboelectric nanogenerators, located on its wings and fuselage, to provide clean energy.
“The nano-generators would, theoretically, be able to convert the mechanical energy of the plane’s movement into electrical energy that could be used to power the engines. As the Eather One moves through the air, the turbulence caused by moving through the atmosphere generates friction, causing vibrations in the wings and frame. The nano-generators capture this motion and convert it into energy, which is then stored in the plane’s batteries.”
A radical proposition and most likely way ahead of its time, but if the physics actually support the theory behind Eather One, a carbon-free air travel may be possible.