Solar panels make it possible for the plane to fly day and night without refuelling, crossing 2 oceans and remaining airborne longer than any jet plane in history.
Solar Impulse: 40’000 km without fuel, a world first for energy
When Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg succeeded in flying 40,000km (24,850 miles) around the world in a solar-powered airplane without using a drop of fuel in 2016, it was an historic first and sent a clear message across the world: that clean technologies can do more than we ever thought possible, reducing our energy consumption, protect natural resources and improve the quality of life on Earth.
A zero-fuel airplane of unlimited endurance that’s able to fly around the world
In 2015 Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg embarked on the first solar flight around the world. Solar panels made it possible for the plane to cross 2 oceans and remain airborne longer than any jet plane in history.
In 2016, it completed the epic 40,000 kilometre journey around the world without a single drop of fossil fuel.
This airplane was not built to carry passengers but to carry a message: the world can reduce half of its CO2 emissions by replacing outdate pollution-producing technologies with new, clean innovations like those used on Solar Impulse.
Check out 10 of the most breathtaking photos from the first ever round-the-world solar flight.
Let’s run the world with clean technologies
Solar Impulse is not the first solar airplane, but it is the first to fly day and night, without any fuel, only using energy stored in its batteries.
It is also the first to have crossed oceans:
- 5 days and nights from Nagoya, Japan, to Kalaeloa, Hawaii
- 3 days and 2 nights from Kalaeloa to San Francisco
- 3 days and nights from New York to Seville, Spain.
Behind Solar Impulse’s achievements, there is always the same goal: show that if an airplane can fly several days and nights in a row with no fuel, then clean technologies can be used on the ground to reduce our energy consumption, and create profit and jobs.
The three record-breaking solo flights of André Borschberg from Nagoya to Hawaii and Bertrand Piccard from Hawaii to San Francisco and later New York to Seville give a clear message: everybody could use the same technologies on the ground to halve our world’s energy consumption, save natural resources and improve our quality of life.
A bold challenge and an meaningful adventure around the world to encourage people to protect our quality of life by using energy efficiency and renewable energies. Travelling across land and ocean, to inspire the public, students, entrepreneurs and political leaders. Let’s spread the #futureisclean message.
A NEW CHALLENGE #1000 SOLUTIONS: To help decision-makers adopt more ambitious energy policies
The Round-The-World Solar Flight was only the first phase in the realisation of Bertrand Piccard’s vision.
The Solar Impulse Foundation —through the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions — has launched the second phase of its action It has already set off to tackle a new challenge: selecting #1000SOLUTIONS that can protect the environment in a profitable way. Bertrand will then go around the world again to deliver these solutions to governments, corporations and institutions to help them achieve their environmental targets by adopting more ambitious energy policies.
“We need to embrace clean technologies and efficient solutions, because they are much more than ‘ecological’ , they are ‘logical’. They create jobs and generate profit, while also reducing CO2 emissions and preserving natural resources. Even if climate change didn’t exist, they would make sense. Clean growth is much better than the dirty status quo we have today." — BERTRAND PICCARD
#futureisclean: Concrete solutions for a clean future
Join Bertrand Piccard’s approach to show that climate change is not an expensive problem requiring heavy financial and behavioral sacrifices, but rather a unique opportunity for profit and job creation: See the top 5 solutions, find out more about #futureisclean