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; and 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.
Historic aviation first as well as a premiere for renewable energies and clean technologies. Bertrand Piccard’s vision of an airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night without fuel is now realized. André Borschberg, leaving Nagoya and landing in Hawaii 5 days and nights later, proved we can achieve incredible things with clean technologies.
Around the world without fuel to promote clean technologies.
Aboard their silent airplane, able to fly day and night without fuel, Solar Impulse’s founders and pilots are making history with clean energy. From inspiration to execution, they combined their skills and set off down the risky pathway of all explorers: to push back the boundaries of knowledge and attempt what many deemed impossible only a few years ago. They developed an aircraft that can fly day and night with its pilot, safety equipment, and its motors and batteries operating on energy collected only by solar cells.