In this TED talk, Piccard tells the audience about his recent accomplishment, the first ever non-stop balloon circumnavigation of the globe, and his plans to circumnavigate the globe in a solar powered plane, flying day and night. Even though this sounds crazy, another point he tries to make is the fact that society today is so afraid of what can't be done, because we don't have the technology to do it, that it stops up from attempting to make these things do-able. Following along with this idea, he believes that by completing this amazing feat, he will show people how versatile and practical solar energy can really be.
I think this TED talk is an excellent video to watch, because Piccard is very knowledgeable about what he speaks about, and the information given is really relevant to our global issues. One of the things I found really amazing about this video is that even though Solar Impulse (Piccard's plane) has the wingspan of a commercial Airbus, it only weighs as much as a small car. I would recommend this article to anybody interested in the environment, or world records, and I hope people who are involved in our energy industries around the world take this man's advice to heart.
Piccard, Bertrand. "Bertrand Piccard's solar powered adventure". TED Talks. Jan 2010. Web. June 2011. Retrieved From: