Solar Impulse: around the world in 30 days – powered solely by the sun
We regard it as our duty to support strategic measures aimed at combating climate change and promoting efficient and sustainable energy use. We therefore supported this project in its starting phase.
“We do not want to fly around the world to break records, but instead in order to spread our message and promote energy-saving technologies.”
Together with the team of the two Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, we made a contribution towards research and innovation in the service of renewable energies. 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.
After a successful flight across America and landing in New York in July 2013, the two Solar Impulse pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. They spoke about their vision of combating climate change with innovative technologies and facilitating sustainable growth before the United Nations Economic and Social Council.