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sure that within 10 years we¡¯ll see electric
airplanes transporting 50 passengers on short
to medium haul flights. But it¡¯s not enough.
The same clean technologies used on Solar
Impulse could be implemented on the ground
in our daily life to divide by two the CO2 emis-
sions in a profitable way. Solar Impulse is only
the beginning, now take it further! ¡± said Pic-
card, addressing the crowd while exiting the
cockpit of Si2.
¡°Flying one leg with a completely new type of
airplane is difficult enough, but flying around
the world is a real challenge. More than a
demonstration, it¡¯s the confirmation that these
technologies are truly dependable and reli-
able,¡± emphasized Borschberg. ¡°There is so
much potential for the aeronautical
world: while one hundred percent solar pow-
ered airplanes might take longer to material-
ize, electric airplanes will develop in the near
future because of their tremendous advan-
tages such as energy efficiency.¡±
A few hours before touching down in Abu Dha-
bi, Piccard spoke to UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon live from the Si2 cockpit: ¡°Solar Im-
pulse has flown more than 40,000 kilometers
without fuel, but with an inexhaustible supply
of energy and inspiration. This is a historic
day for Captain Piccard and the Solar Impulse
team, but it is also a historic day for human-
ity,¡± said the UN Secretary-General. ¡°You may
be ending your around the world flight today,
but the journey to a more sustainable world
is just beginning. The Solar Impulse team is
helping to pilot us to that future.¡±
Looking forward, Piccard and Borschberg will
continue to actively promote the use of mod-
ern clean technologies as a way to improve
the quality of life on Earth. Firstly, through the
already announced creation of the Interna-
tional Committee for Clean Technologies that
will build on the #futureisclean initiative and
regroup the main global actors in the field of
clean technologies to bring independent and
credible guidance on energy policy to govern-
ments and corporations alike.
Secondly, by carrying on the work initiated by
the engineering team on unmanned and high
endurance electric aircrafts, which could fly in
high altitude for months, offering services that
could provide exponential added value and
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Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
¡°The results nicely meld experimental and computa-
tional studies to obtain new insight into the unique
electronic properties of transition metal dichalcogen-
ides,¡± McCabe said. ¡°The research team has com-
bined this mechanistic insight with some clever elec-
trochemical engineering to make significant progress
in one of the grand-challenge areas of catalysis as
related to energy conversion and the environment.¡±
¡®Nanostructured transition metal dichalcogenide
electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction in ionic liquid¡¯ is
available online at: or
by contacting:
Co-authors with Asadi and Salehi-Khojin are Kibum
Kim, Aditya Venkata Addepalli, Pedram Abbasi, Poya
Yasaei, Amirhossein Behranginia, Bijandra Kumar
and Jeremiah Abiade of UIC¡¯s mechanical and indus-
trial engineering department, who performed the
electrochemical experiments and prepared the cata-
lyst under NSF contract CBET-1512647; Robert F.
Klie and Patrick Phillips of UIC¡¯s physics department,
who performed electron microscopy and spectros-
copy experiments; Larry A. Curtiss, Cong Liu and
Peter Zapol of Argonne National Laboratory, who did
Density Functional Theory calculations under DOE
contract DE-ACO206CH11357; Richard Haasch of
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who
did ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy; and Jos¨¦
M. Cerrato of the University of New Mexico, who did
elemental analysis.
and leverage the expertise and technology gained
over the years in Solar Impulse by launching new
innovative projects, such as the development of
solar powered drones.
Coming from Egypt, Piccard landed in Abu Dhabi
at 4:05a local time (UTC+4) completing the final
leg of an endeavor that was until now considered
impossible: flying around the globe in an electric
airplane powered only by the sun and capable of
flying many days and nights in a row without fuel.
This landing brings full circle to the historic cir-
cumnavigation that began on 9 March 2015 when
Si2 set off from Abu Dhabi with Borschberg at the
Taking turns in the single-seater 3.8m3 cockpit,
Piccard and Borschberg have flown Si2 around the
world in 17 legs, crossing Asia, the Pacific Ocean,
the USA, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean
Sea and the Middle East. A total of 19 world re-
cords were set or are still pending by the World Air
Sports Federation (FAI). In particular, Borschberg
accomplished the pioneering first of flying five
consecutive days and nights over the Pacific Ocean
from Japan to Hawaii in the longest duration a solo
airplane of any kind has ever flown, and Piccard
achieved the historic first crossing of the Atlantic
Ocean in a solar airplane.
For the two Swiss pioneers, it¡¯s the accomplish-
ment of a dream that was considered impossible
by many experts, and the demonstration that
renewable energies and efficient technologies of-
fer tangible solutions for sustainability. Piccard,
an explorer and medical doctor at heart, had the
vision of an airplane of perpetual endurance after
his nonstop round the world balloon flight in 1999,
when he made the promise to circumnavigate the
Earth again, but this time without any fuel.
In 2004, he began bringing together the partners
who provided funds and technology for this adven-
ture and partnered with Borschberg. An entrepre-
neur and skilled aviator, Borschberg took on the
technical challenge of developing the solar airplane
and making it fly. More than taking turns at the
controls of Si2 in the air, the first ever Round-The-
World Solar Flight is also a tandem achievement
on the ground: while Piccard developed the project
outreach to promote clean technologies, Borsch-
berg pulled together the team that designed and
constructed Si2 as well as organized the flight
¡°This is not only a first in the history of aviation;
it¡¯s before all a first in the history of energy. I¡¯m
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The ¡®Impossible¡¯ Accomplished
Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre
Borschberg complete first ever round-the-world
solar flight; An historic achievement without
a drop of fuel
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 26 July 2016:
Taking turns at the controls of Solar Impulse 2
(Si2), their zero-emission electric and solar airplane,
capable of flying day and night without fuel, Bertrand
Piccard and Andr¨¦ Borschberg succeeded in their
crazy dream of achieving the first ever Round-The-
World Solar Flight.
By landing back in Abu Dhabi, after a total of 23
days of flight and 43¡¯041 km travelled in a 17 leg
journey, Si2 has proven that clean technologies can
achieve the impossible.
Beyond this historic milestone, the two Swiss pio-
neers will continue to urge the global implementation
of energy efficient solutions through the creation of
the International Committee for Clean Technologies,