THE "SOLAR IMPULSE 2" WORLD RECORDS DEDICATED TO FUTURE IS CLEAN INITIATIVE
Solar Impulse 2 is carrying the message of a clean future from Nagoya to Hawaii with #FutureIsClean
Hawaii, July 3rd, 2015. After breaking absolute distance and duration world records for solar aviation and a few hours before the landing of Solar Impulse 2 in Hawaii, Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg want to remind everyone that their adventure is dedicated to the #FutureIsClean initiative aiming at collecting millions of voices to encourage governments worldwide to replace outdated polluting devices with new clean technology.
Solar Impulse’s adventure is indeed full of challenges over the Pacific, but the explorers are not doing this for the sake of doing it, as humankind is facing a much bigger problem with pollution, depletion of natural resources and climate change. To directly address this, their priority is to demonstrate that if technological solutions exist to fly a plane day and night without fuel - which has been already proven after 4 consecutive days in the air - then there is potential for these same efficient technologies to be used in our daily lives, and to achieve energy savings which reduce CO2 emissions.
"Our airplane has not been built to carry passengers but to convey a message", says Bertrand Piccard, initiator, chairman and pilot of Solar Impulse. "Global implementation of clean technology similar to those which are used in Solar Impulse 2, would already today allow to divide by two the energy consumption and the CO2 emissions of our world, thanks to energy efficiency in ground mobility, buildings, industrial processes, as well as in lighting, cooling and heating systems. These solutions are profitable, and would create jobs, revenue streams and support economical growth while also protecting the environment."
To take this idea to the next level and demonstrate solutions against climate change, Solar Impulse has initiated The Future Is Clean initiative, calling supporters to add their voice to the message on www.futureisclean.org: a website serving as a petition to convince governments around the globe to implement the necessary clean technological solutions ensuring the United Nations’ up-coming Conference on Climate Change (COP21) is successful in renewing the Kyoto protocol next December in Paris.
"This flight to Hawaii is very challenging, but it's an incredibly powerful motivation to know that people are showing their support on www.futureisclean.org. I should even fly longer if it could help get more signatures!", said André Borschberg, co-founder, CEO and pilot of Solar Impulse from his cockpit.
Some 160 organizations and influential personalities have already joined the movement to mobilize the public, such as H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sir Richard Branson, former Russian President Michael Gorbatchev. This week, we are also proud to announce that the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is joining the movement, as well as American marine biologist, explorer, and author Sylvia Earle. UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Dr. Achim Steiner states: "UNEP is pleased to support the #FutureIsClean initiative. We know that a clean future cannot exist without clean technology, and I would like to congratulate the Solar Impulse team, who are proving with every mile flown that clean technology can achieve what was once thought impossible. Clean technologies also have the capacity to drive the green economy and environmentally sustainable economic growth in industries from construction to transport to energy. And with over 150 supporters of the movement already, the momentum to ensure that our future is clean is continuing to grow."
The Solar Impulse team is engaging in many significant ways to make their message heard. The "Paper Plane Campaign", for example, encourages people to spread the use of the hashtag #FutureIsClean when sharing a photo or video of themselves launching a paper airplane to a friend around the world. This fun and promotional campaign is to show how connected we all are, sharing the earth’s resources while demonstrating to global leaders at COP21 the importance of clean technologies. Solar Impulse is making the Future Is Clean initiative heard as well as seen, by placing the #FutureIsClean message largely visible on the aircraft while it continues its Round-The-World Solar Flight.
cted we all are, sharing the earth’s resources while demonstrating to global leaders at COP21 the importance of clean technologies. Solar Impulse is making the Future Is Clean initiative heard as well as seen, by placing the #FutureIsClean message largely visible on the aircraft while it continues its Round-The-World Solar Flight.
André Borschberg aboard of the Solar Impulse 2 will touch down at Kalaeola Airport in Hawaii at approximately 6:00 am local time (16:00 UTC)
Follow the experience from the cockpit and see what the pilot is watching in real time thanks to the 5 on-board cameras. The platform also offers access to all the telemetry data (altitude, speed, battery level, etc.), by clicking on the “cockpit” icon and for those who missed the event all the legs can be relived through the “logbook” page.
The platform www.FutureIsClean.org, was designed with the support of our web partner, Google, and aims to mobilize individuals, organizations, celebrities and politicians to confront the Conference on Climate Change of the United Nations (COP21), which will define the new Kyoto protocol in December 2015 in Paris. The goal is to establish the largest petition ever created to convince governments to implement technology solutions that are necessary. Every site visitor is asked to add their voice to the message "I want concrete solutions for a clean future" and share amongst their networks with #FutureIsClean
Join the movement: www.FutureIsClean.org
About Solar Impulse The clean tech revolution: The zero-fuel airplane
Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard (Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first aircraft able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel – propelled solely by the sun’s energy. With the Si2 aircraft, they will attempt the first Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. Supported by Main Partners Solvay, Omega, Schindler, ABB, and Official Partners Google, Altran, Bayer MaterialScience, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Swisscom and Moët Hennessy, this historic first aims at demonstrating that clean technologies can achieve the impossible.
After the original Solar Impulse Si1 prototype which holds 8 world records, Si2 engineers have designed and constructed a new single-seater aircraft made of carbon fiber. It has a 72 meter wingspan (larger than that of the Boeing 747) for a weight of just 2,300 kg, equivalent to that of a car. The 17,248 solar cells built into the wing supply electric motors (17.5 CV each) with renewable energy. The solar cells recharge four lithium polymer batteries totaling 633 kg each, which allow the aircraft to fly at night and therefore have virtually unlimited autonomy.