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ABU DHABI // the main city associated with the UAE is emblematic into the future, the co-founder of a task to circumnavigate the world in a solar-powered aircraft informed an audience on Monday.
“Abu Dhabi is an oil producer that's diversifying to wash energy technologies and I think it is the most wonderful icon, ” stated Bertrand Piccard, who was in the money after becoming named 1st Middle East Solar Industry Association Ambassador.
Solar Impulse 2, the airplane onboard which Dr Piccard along with his co-pilot and co-founder, Andre Borschberg, tend to be undertaking the world very first, took off from Abu Dhabi last March.
The following year, the master plan is for the airplane to finish its trip where it began.
As staff waits to resume the journey, Dr Piccard commended Abu Dhabi for searching ahead.
“The goal is certainly not to attack just what exists. The Target Is To support brand-new means of performing in variation, and I such as this approach.”
His aim, he told the viewers, was to continue travelling society – relying solely on solar energy. With Solar Impulse 2, their individual objectives are fulfilled, and also the UAE’s solar power programs may be heard.
“Solar impulse is a project that promotes very good signs and also this had been the one that we wanted to promote, ” he stated.
“The objective is, needless to say, to go internationally. That's The exciting part, but incredibly important may be the aim of distributing the message of clean technology.”
One of several various other goals of this flight should improve reputation of renewable power, Dr Piccard stated, adding that numerous individuals “believe that green energies are anything dull, expensive and threatening our lifestyle, and now we wish show that it's the opposite”.
With Solar Impulse 2, the team desires to show the entire world what can be performed using solar power, things that would otherwise be impossible if attempted using fossil fuels.
Dr Piccard additionally guaranteed the viewers the wait within the journey had not been related to solar energy, but to basic damage – overinsulation associated with the electric battery being the key issue.
“We understand it's an experimental task and we had no standard and we made the mistake in the thermal insulation associated with the batteries, therefore the result had been the battery packs overheated, ” he stated. “The technology associated with the electric battery was perfect. We won the very first one half. Today, we must win the second.”
Based on the repairs being made to the jet, Dr Piccard said Mr Borschberg was at fee. “He is the professional, i'm the explorer therefore the doctor. This is why we come together because we've a good synergy. Our project is a vision for the future, where all of us produce our own power and consume it ourselves.”
The objective is expected to resume in April, flying from Hawaii into the west coastline associated with US. From there it'll travel to New York before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to European countries, and doing its journey in Abu Dhabi, where it started out.