Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse & Solvay: Game-changing clean technologies take flight!

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Thanks to Solvay’s unwavering commitment to develop transformative clean technologies that ease dependency on carbon-emitting fossil fuels, Solar Impulse is making solar powered air travel a reality. 

When co-founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg first approached us in 2003 with what was then considered a far-flung idea to design, build and fly a zero-emission aircraft around the world, we leapt at the challenge! It would be yet another chance to demonstrate chemistry’s ability to "make the impossible possible". 

Our dedicated teams of scientists, engineers, dreamers and innovators collaborated closely with like-minded individuals from Solar Impulse and leading technological partners to do away with convention. Instead we developed clean-sheet solutions to dramatically improve the energy chain, enhance the structure and reduce the weight of the solar-powered aircraft – crucial elements that are helping to make this historic flight a success.

In March 2015, the flight took off from Abu Dhabi, UAE, with stops along the way in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, Japan and Hawaii – breaking 10 FAI World records along the way! This year we will support the completion of this incomparable feat, taking the aircraft across the US, through Europe and back to Abu Dhabi.

Of course the true journey of Solar Impulse has no finish line. The message it carries is one of enduring innovation, possibility, persistence and conviction. Tomorrow’s answers are within reach today. It just requires that we ask more…

Discover the Solvay technologies that are powering this flight!