N°25 - December 2017
July 2016, back to Abu Dhabi, the departure and arrival host city. Powered exclusively by solar energy, Solar Impulse 2 completed its tour round the world initiated in March 2015, after covering more than 40,000 km, flowing over 2 oceans, breaking 8 world records.
Solvay congratulates Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg for this extraordinary achievement, which marks the successfully closing of a project started 13 years ago.
The Group is extremely proud and honored to have been throughout all these years a partner in this visionary and far-flung project. The idea of designing, building and flying a zero-emission aircraft around the world was totally aligned with our unwavering commitment to develop transformative clean technologies that ease dependency on carbon-emitting fossil fuels.
It was yet another chance to demonstrate chemistry’s ability to "make the impossible possible" that we could not miss it!
“This project was particularly exciting to us because it echoes our Group’s mindset: being pioneers who contribute to make the impossible possible. The story is not over, because the technologies implemented by Solar Impulse are facing a bright commercial future. In addition, we will continue our efforts to promote clean technologies. Our Group aspires more than ever to remain a bridge between science and sustainable progress. Yes, we can ask more from chemistry!”, said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu in a letter addressed to both pilots.