The only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel.
Our challenge is to attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. A way for Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their team to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world.
And you, would you like to a be a pioneer in your own life?
A family heritage of exploration and pioneering spirit. A vision born in Bertrand Piccard's mind after the success of the first non-stop round the world balloon flight. The friendship with André Borschberg, engineer and entrepreneur, who leads the technical team. The commitment of 2 men who want to move the world.
The construction of the prototype: Solar Impulse 1. The development of Solar Impulse 2, the boldest airplane of our time. The attempt to achieve the first Round-The-World Solar Flight. The incredible technological and human challenges.
Before the attempt of flying around the world in 2015 with Solar Impulse 2, the first prototype already achieved successful flight missions across Europe, Morocco, and the United States. Each landing was the opportunity to reach out to governments, NGOs, universities and schools to spread the message about clean technologies.
«With each of their great "firsts", the explorers of the last century constantly pushed back the limits of the impossible. Today, the drive to make new discoveries must go on, with the aim of improving the quality of life on our planet.»
Solar Impulse is the brainchild of pilots and founders Bertrand Piccard (Initiator and Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO). A psychiatrist and explorer, Bertrand Piccard flew around the world in a hot-air balloon in 1999; and the design team is led by André Borschberg, seasoned flight design engineer, entrepreneur and former Swiss fighter pilot.
“Solar Impulse is delighted to partner with the Aditya Birla Group as our values and goals of promoting sustainable development are fully aligned. Aditya Birla's pioneering spirit coupled with its commitment to adopting new and innovative energy technologies compliments perfectly well the vision of our project. As our local Indian Host Partner, we look forward to working with Aditya Birla in organizing events and activities which will inspire both business and political decision makers and future leaders of tomorrow as to the enormous economic and social potential of clean technologies” declared Solar Impulse Founders Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman, and André Borschberg, CEO.
Says, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, “The Aditya Birla Group is delighted to be the India host to Solar Impulse 2 on its groundbreaking flight around the world. Our group sustainability strategy is to integrate sustainability issues into our business strategies for the future. To do this, we endeavour to link with leading thinkers and practitioners who stoke out-of-the-box approaches to ensure that businesses get geared to meet the demands of the future. Solar Impulse fits in with our strategy. Creativity, innovation and drive are the defining features for success. Solar Impulse epitomizes these characteristics, and most importantly drives the message of synergizing growth with responsibility. This is our common philosophy which will guide us as we aspire to be the leading Indian conglomerate in sustainable business practices across our global operations”.
This revolutionary single-seater aircraft is made of carbon fiber, with the wingspan of a Boeing 747, the weight of a family car. Over 17'000 solar cells and four lithium batteries supply the electric motors with enough renewable energy to fly day and night.
This team of leading-edge specialists includes mechanical engineers, aeronautical engineers, physicists and designers who have been working for over a decade to bring Solar Impulse from
drawing board to reality. The electrical engineers have risen to the challenge of achieving the delicate balance between maximum efficiency, the lightest possible weight and extreme reliability of the plane's photovoltaic cells.
Solar Impulse was built not just to fly around the world without a drop of fuel, but also to carry a message; demonstrating the effectiveness of clean technologies and the importance of sustainability, and showing what can be accomplished with pioneering spirit.
The Aditya Birla Group will be the host partner for the India leg of the Solar Impulse journey, with stops planned in Ahmedabad and Varanasi and will partner with the Solar Impulse Main Sponsors Solvay, ABB, Schindler and Omega to offer ground support to the world record attempt. It is expected that millions of people will follow the flight via social media. The sponsors, like the founders, hope the flight will change history.
Stating that they are honored to be a part of Solar Impulse's historical journey, Brisa’s CEO Hakan Bayman said, “Being the leader company of Turkish tire industry, we do not position ourselves solely as a tire manufacturer but as a value provider for all our stakeholders. In the light of our corporate vision statement ‘to innovate your journey’ sustainability and innovation are the top priorities in all of our operations. We attach great importance to being amongst Solar Impulse’s partners, as it reflects our vision splendidly.
“Within our sustainability strategy consisting of economic, social and environmental aspects, we show great effort to reduce our negative impact on our planet and to contribute to society. We strongly believe that sustainability is the key to the future of journey. To realize this dream, we could not think of a better way than associating our name with a plane that uses no other fuel than pure sunshine! As Brisa, we believe we will gain experience from the Solar Impulse program, which will also help us raise awareness on subjects such as renewable energy and sustainability among the Turkish community.”
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg founders and pilots of Solar Impulse, stated they are very excited that Turkey will also a part of this historical journey through Brisa. They underlined the fact that they need strategic partners with a vision like Brisa’s in every country in order to spread renewable clean energy use around the globe.
Piccard said:"We can halve the energy consumption in the world if we replace all of the old and inefficient technologies with today's renewable, clean and more efficient energy systems. But we need to increase public awareness and demand aroused from public opinion. The previous millennium was the period of discovering and conquering the world. And this millennium should be a period where we will discover how to improve the quality of life.” And Borschberg continued “Countries such as Turkey, which do not have natural resources like oil and natural gas, should use this opportunity in their very public interest. As a supporter of Solar Impulse journey, Brisa has undertaken a critical responsibility in its country regarding the matter. We would like to thank them for their pioneering role in Turkey”.
«Just imagine your energy reserves increasing during flight! To make this dream a reality, we had to make maximum use of every single watt supplied by the sun, storing any surplus in our batteries.»
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