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Solar airplane to be discussed at World Future Energy Summit

A project to fly around the world in a solar airplane, will be presented by Bertrand Piccard, President of Solar Impulse, at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, 18-21 January, 2010.

Bertand Piccard will be among the speakers’ of a session at the World Future Energy Summit titled “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.

Solar Impulse’s project and core challenge entail flying an aircraft under its own power, both day and night, entirely propelled by solar energy. 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.

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

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