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Circumnavigating the world in a solar airplane among topics to be discussed at World Future Energy Summit

Bertrand Piccard, President of Solar Impulse and internationally renowned lecturer will be presenting his project to fly around the world in a solar airplane during the World Future Energy Summit taking place in Abu Dhabi, 18-21 January 2010.

Bertand Piccard will be among the speakers’ of a session at the World Future Energy Summit entitled “Achieving the unachievable: around the world in a solar plane”. Panelists will include Duncan Hedditch, Chief Executive EMAL; Peter Gutman, Global Head, Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance, Standard Chartered Bank or Katrina Landis, Group Vice President, BP Alternative Energy to name a few.

Mr. Piccard commented, “I came up with this idea following the first non stop around the world balloon flight in 1999. To achieve this success, we took off with almost 4 tons of liquid propane and landed with only 40 kilos. Realizing that the lack of fuel could have made failed our expedition, I made a promise to myself. The next time I’d fly around the world, I’d do it without fuel. I am looking forward to talking about the project at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, and hope that it helps to demonstrate the potential of renewable energies.”

Solar Impulse’s project and core challenge entail flying an aircraft under its own power, both day and night, entirely propelled by solar energy. To create this zero fuel airplane, Impulse Solar has been working on applying totally new aeronautical solutions. To meet this big challenge, the accent has been put on reducing energy consumption by using new construction and aerodynamic features never before encountered.

 This is just one of example of the technological breakthroughs that will be discussed at the World Future Energy Summit. Other sessions will be taking place on examples of how renewable energy can and is being applied to people’s daily lives, including e-mobility, green building and architecture, vehicles, fuels and power trains, among many others.

The main partners for the ambitious Impulse Solar project include Deutsche Bank, Omega and Solvay.

Solar Impulse’s President will be present, along with a delegation from Switzerland, travelling to attend the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

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