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ABB & Solar Impulse Around the World

Solar Impulse completes historic journey around world

Solar Impulse 2 has now completed its historic flight around the world without using a drop of fuel – helped on the way by ABB, including a series of engineers embedded in the ground crew. It's been an incredible journey with ABB staff, projects and customers getting involved at every stop.

Prelude to journey
The landing of Solar Impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi on July 26, 2016, marked the successful completion of the record-breaking zero-flight around the world, the first by a solar-powered aircraft. Solar Impulse 2 achieved this historic milestone with stopovers on four continents, and flights across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that tested the endurance of pilot and craft alike. The unprecedented journey demonstrated the great promise of renewable energy to the world.

ABB joined forces with the Solar Impulse team when the plane was under construction. For the company, the plane perfectly encapsulated its credo, "Power and productivity for a better world." Through the innovation and technology alliance it forged with Solar Impulse, ABB provided dedicated engineers to the project, whose experience was critical to enabling the success of the mission. At the same time, ABB’s local teams participated at every stop, explaining to students, customers, employees and communities across the world that what Solar Impulse 2 has achieved in the air, ABB is doing on the ground.

On March 9, 2015, Solar Impulse 2 took to the skies from the Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, powered by the same Middle Eastern sunshine relied on by ABB renewables-based projects, such as the Mohammed Bin Rashid solar park in Dubai, the first flight went smoothly.

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