Deutsche Bank – Responsibility
June 11, 2013

Over 14,000 “Clean Generation” supporters accompanying flight of Solar Impulse across America

Solar Impulse, the solar aircraft that Deutsche Bank has been supporting as a main partner since 2006 in conjunction with its climate strategy, has tackled another spectacular project: Swiss aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg intend to fly across the North American continent in five stages by the beginning of July – using the power of the sun exclusively and without one drop of kerosene.

Solar Impulse, the solar aircraft that Deutsche Bank has been supporting as a main partner since 2006 in conjunction with its climate strategy, has tackled another spectacular project: Swiss aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg intend to fly across the North American continent in five stages by the beginning of July – using the power of the sun exclusively and without one drop of kerosene.

On May 23rd, a large number of onlookers and representatives of the press gave Solar Impulse an enthusiastic welcome at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. The day before André Borschberg had taken off from Phoenix on the second stage of the flight across America. From there he flew a total of 1,541 kilometers to Dallas – the longest distance that a manned aircraft powered solely by the sun has ever flown. In doing so, the pilot beat his own record set in the year 2012.

The flight across America started in San Francisco on the Pacific coast at the beginning of May; after additional stopovers in Saint Louis and Washington, which the aircraft has already reached in the meantime, its final destination will be John F. Kennedy Airport in New York at the beginning of July. At the same time, Solar Impulse founders Piccard and Borschberg are presenting their “Green Generation” initiative to the public, which has over 14,000 supporters including celebrities such as Al Gore and James Cameron. The aim of the movement is to campaign for more investing in innovative climate-friendly investment options and to heighten awareness of the importance of the generation and use of sustainable energy. A cause to which Deutsche Bank has also been committed for years.

We have been supporting Solar Impulse as a main partner since 2006 in conjunction with our climate strategy. Its objectives include promoting innovations in the renewable energy sector: we are convinced they will be necessary in the long term in order for society and the markets to develop positively. Solar Impulse is an outstanding co-operation project in this context. Together with pioneers Piccard and Borschberg, we want to make a contribution towards exploring the significant potential of solar energy and provide impetus for this innovative enterprise with our competence and expertise.

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are planning one of the great pioneering feats of the 21st century with their lightweight aircraft with the wingspan of a jumbo jet: In 2015 they intend to fly around the world – they want to demonstrate the tremendous potential of renewable energies and energy-efficient technologies by means of the flight of the century, which will be supported by Deutsche Bank.

Solar Impulse pilot Bertrant Piccard on the solar plane

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