Solvay celebrates achievement Solar Impulse’s world tour
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Solvay celebrates achievement of Solar Impulse’s world tour

6:52 AM, 5th August 2016
Solvay celebrates achievement of Solar Impulse’s world tour
Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) return to Abu Dhabi, at the end of a 40,000 kilometre journey on just the sun’s energy, marks the culmination of an incredible adventure in which Solvay has been involved right from the start.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay SA celebrates the achievement of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg (two pilots of Solvay) who completed their world flight at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2). The return to Abu Dhabi, at the end of a 40,000-kilometre journey on just the sun’s energy, marks the culmination of an incredible adventure in which Solvay has been involved right from the start.  

Ever since Solvay became the first partner of Solar Impulse in 2004 it dedicated its expertise and innovation capacities to this project. Fifteen Solvay products applied in more than 6,000 parts enable the storage and optimal consumption of energy and lightweight the solar plane. Moreover, Solvay supplied the composite materials for the wing spars and rear stabiliser parts. 

Almost all products that were developed for this “flying lab” are already available in our daily lives in markets ranging from automotive, aviation and aerospace to construction and smart devices. 

In a letter addressed to the two pilots at the occasion of their landing in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay, thanked them on behalf of the Group’s employees.  

“On behalf of all Solvay employees, I would like to say a huge thank you for these 12 extraordinary years, marked with dreams, challenges, big and small technological victories. These 12 years were supported by your energy and remarkable personalities which built the success of Solar Impulse day after day,” he wrote to them. 

"All limits of materials we have pushed further to make this plane fly with you, reinforce our belief that chemistry provides effective solutions for the sustainable development of our societies. Our group aspires more than ever to remain a bridge between science and sustainable progress. Yes, we can ask more from chemistry!” he added. 

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