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SolarImpulse - Day 3: Will the sun help us reach Europe?











SolarImpulse - Around The World patch.

June 22, 2016

After darkness always comes light. The sun has risen for the third time during this flight, after 47 hours since taking off from New York City. The second night in Si2 has been a real challenge for Bertrand Piccard - a cocktail of tired sentiments and turbulence over the Azores.


Although this night has been tough for the pilot and the mission engineers at the Mission Control Center, the moment of truth is still to come. Will the Si2 batteries begin to charge again with the sun to get ready for the last night over the Atlantic Ocean?

A Committee for Clean Technology has been announced over the Atlantic Ocean


To continue our exploits, advocating for clean technology, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have decided to establish the International Committee of Clean Technology (ICCT). The goal of this Committee is to continue the legacy Solar Impulse started, promoting concrete energy efficient solutions in order to solve many of the challenges facing society today.

The round-the-world solar flights for Solar Impulse are almost coming to a close. We have already circumnavigated more than three quarters of the globe in a solar-powered airplane, but this is not where it ends. This is only the beginning. Until now, this airplane has been a messenger for clean technology and once it has flown around the world, we are ready to move forward with something a little different.

“Until recently, protecting the environment was expensive and threatened our society’s comfort, mobility and growth. Today, thanks to modern clean technologies, the energy consumption of the world, and therefore the C02 emissions, could be divided by two, while creating jobs and enhancing profits. The International Committee of Clean Technologies will work in this direction,” commended Bertrand Piccard at the controls of the Solar Impulse airplane while flying over the Atlantic Ocean.


Image above: During the flight, the pilot has a certain number of “pilot tasks” to perform. The Mission Control Center keeps track of them thanks to a large 24h altitude profile on a glass window.

Many of you may remember the #futureisclean initiative launched by Solar Impulse a few months ago. The Committee, which will take the form of a non-governmental organization, intends to build on this initiative, bringing together many different independent actors in a common voice for the future. Already 400 global organisations have joined together, with patrons such as H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Richard Branson and Kofi Annan, who have already dedicated their work to the environment and clean technology. These champions of clean technology will advise governments on how to use new clean technologies with independent and credible guidance.

“The International Committee of Clean Technologies is a fantastic opportunity to bring together a group of experts, with diverse experiences and backgrounds, to speak in one voice and leverage the efforts needed to bring change and influence global decision makers in the areas of clean technologies and renewable energy,” added André Borschberg.

We hope you join us in taking this step forward with clean technology to make the future clean: http://www.futureisclean.org/

Follow the fligth live on Internet: http://www.solarimpulse.com/leg-15-from-New_York-to-Seville

For more information about SolarImpulse, visit: http://www.solarimpulse.com/

Images , Text, Credits: SolarImpulse.

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