Google has been investing a lot of dough in green technologies over the past few years, supporting wind and solar energy projects across the United States.
The company is taking its clean energy efforts a step further by sponsoring the Green Flight Challenge competition being organised by NASA and the CAFE (comparative aircraft flight efficiency) Foundation.
The Green Flight Challenge event will take at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport between September 25th and October 2nd 2011. The competition is offering prize money to the tune of $1.65 million.
Participating teams will be required to demonstrate fuel-efficient aircraft with speeds of 100 miles per hour. The aircraft should be energy efficient and should be able to fly for 200 miles on a single gallon.
Most of the aircraft taking part in the competition, which is the first of its kind, will use batteries or electric motors, and others bio-fuel or hybrid.
“We’ve gone a long way from the Wright brothers’ flying machine, but imagine taking a flight from San Francisco to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in an aircraft with zero emissions. It’s not possible yet, but we hope it will be,” Alec Proudfoot, a Google project manager, wrote in a blog post.