Solar Impulse 2 voltooit wereldreis op zonne-energie

26 juli 2016Het is gelukt: de Solar Impulse 2 heeft zijn vlucht om de wereld op uitsluitend zonne-energie voltooid. Vannacht landde het toestel in Abu Dhabi, waar de reis vorig jaar ook begon.

  • Begonnen op 9 maart 2015, voltooid op 26 juli 2016
  • 35.000 kilometer
  • In 17 vluchten
  • 16 stops (o.a. in India, China, de VS, Spanje en Egypte)
  • Bijna een jaar aan de grond voor een reparatie
  • Eenpersoonsvliegtuig
  • 1600 kilo
  • 22 meter lang
  • 17.000 zonnecellen
  • Accu voor ’s nachts
  • Twee piloten die elkaar afwisselden: de piloot Bertrand Piccard en de wetenschapper André Borschberg

Verklaring Adnan Z. Amin, directeur-generaal IRENA
‘(…) I am delighted to congratulate Solar Impulse on its pioneering round-the-world flight fuelled entirely by energy from the sun. This remarkable accomplishment is a clear signal that the age of renewable power is here to stay. IRENA is proud to have supported the project as one of its partners. Solar Impulse has raised awareness about the promise of renewables, showing that they can provide sustainable, reliable energy. It has also pushed technological boundaries forward and is a testament to the importance of innovation and international cooperation in realising a sustainable energy future. For this, Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg now join the elite club of pioneering aviators.
This impressive feat is another proofpoint that we have entered a period of sustained growth for renewable energy. Today, we are seeing renewable energy costs fall and investments soar to record levels – such that renewables are competing head-to-head with power from other energy sources. As a result, more renewables are being added to the global power generation mix than from all other sources combined.
Even with this progress, more must be done if we are to meet global targets on climate and sustainable development. I am confident that with more of such pioneering endeavours, like the one completed today, we will rise to meet and overcome the challenges that lie ahead. (…)’

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Website Solar Impulse 2 
IRENA, 26 juli 2016: Statement from IRENA Director-General on Completion of First Round-the-World Solar Flight
Foto: Solar Impulse

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