Solar-fuelled Aircraft to be Displayed at World Future Energy Summit

ABU DHABI - A model of the first-ever solar powered aircraft will be showcased by the Swiss delegation at the exhibition to be held in connection with the World Future Energy Summit beginning here on January 18.

By T. Ramavarman

Published: Thu 14 Jan 2010, 11:31 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:24 AM

Bertrand Piccard, President and Pilot, Solar Impulse, will be exhibiting a model at the event to be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre, according to a release received here on Wednesday.

“By writing the next pages in the history of aviation with solar energy, as far as a flight around the world without fuel or pollution is concerned, Solar Impulse’s ambition is to contribute in the world of exploration and innovation in the cause of renewable energies,” the release said quoting Wolfgang Amadeus Bruelhart, Swiss Ambassador in Abu Dhabi.

However, Solar Impulse has not divulged the technical details of the proposed solar-fuelled aircraft.

The Swiss pavilion at the ensuing exhibition will draw participation of many of Switzerland’s leading renewable energy companies who will be there to showcase the latest products and solutions of the renewable energy sector.

Industry leaders including Alstom, Oerlikon Solar, and Pramac will be part of the Swiss pavilion.

3S Swiss Solar Systems together with ABB, an active player in the ambitious Desertec project, will attend the Summit and share their latest products and solutions, the release said. Walter Steinmann, State Secretary of Energy and Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, will be a keynote speaker at the conference to be held as part of the Summit which will bring together Energy Ministers to discuss their countries’ blueprints.

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