Solar Impulse: around the world in 30 days – powered solely by the sun
Flying around the world in a manned solar aircraft is a ground-breaking project aimed at shifting the limits of what is feasible. Therefore, Deutsche Bank has been supporting Solar Impulse as a main partner since 2006 in conjunction with its climate strategy. The mainstays of the joint success achieved up to now are state-of-the-art technology, pioneering spirit and smart management of resources.
“Our airplane is not designed to carry passengers, but to carry a message.”
We regard it as our duty to support strategic measures aimed at combating climate change and promote efficient and sustainable energy use.
Together with the team of the two Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, we want to make a contribution towards research and innovation in the service of renewable energies and set new standards for the future. Piccard and Borschberg are planning one of the greatest pioneer achievements of the 21st century with Solar Impulse: in 2015, they want to fly around the world with their light-weight aircraft with the wingspan of a jumbo jet – without fuel and without pollutants.
Solar Impulse highlights the tremendous potential of renewable energies – and is triggering a revolution in the use of renewable energies: The team’s objective is to advance technologies that help achieve independence from fossil fuels in the long term. At the same time, it aims to encourage as many people as possible to restrict their own energy consumption.
Setting new standards with sustainable technologies
“We would like to demonstrate that it is possible to achieve the impossible with clean technologies, a passionate team and a far-reaching pioneer vision”, explains Bertrand Piccard, and his partner André Borschberg adds: “Many of those technologies can also be used in other areas – far beyond aviation.”
Since the prototype was presented in the year 2009, the team of Piccard and Borschberg have succeeded in overcoming a large number of technological as well as geographic limits and setting milestones in the history of aviation with HB-SIA.
In 2010 Solar Impulse demonstrated with its successful day-and-night-flight that solar energy stored during the day provides enough power to fly all night long, and set three world records. Furthermore, the flight will go down in history as the first night flight by a manned solar powered airplane – thus proving that flight without fuel is possible.