In 2012 "Solar Impulse HB-SIB" is due to set off on the first round-the-world flight of a manned solar aircraft. Without using any fuel or emitting any pollutants, it will take off and fly for several days and nights - powered solely by the sun.
With Solar Impulse, the two Swiss pioneers, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, aim to draw attention to the huge potential of regenerative energy sources and to set in motion nothing less than a revolution in their use. The project is intended to actively promote the new technologies, which in the long term will help our society become independent of fossil fuels, and at the same time to motivate as many people as possible to reduce their daily energy consumption.
On the route to the first round-the-world flight in a manned solar aircraft there will be two airplanes: The prototype "Solar Impulse HB-SIA" was presented to the public on June 26, 2009. It will be the first airplane to prove that it is possible to fly day and night without fuel -relying solely on the power of the sun. The record-breaking airplane "Solar Impulse HB-SIB", in which Piccard and Borschberg will circumnavigate the globe in 2012, will exceed the dimensions and performance of the prototype.
For more information on Solar Impulse visit the Banking on Green web site.