ABB to partner with Solar Impulse
Post date: 08/04/2014 - 01:00
Swiss-Swedish power and automation technologies group ABB has formed a technology partnership with the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse. The company said it will support Solar Impulse’s pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in their attempt to fly around the world in a solar powered airplane in 2015. The company has not revealed details on the technology partnership.
The second iteration of solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse will start its first round-the-world flight in April 2015. The Solar Impulse 2 will be officially unveiled by pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in Payerne, Switzerland on Apr. 9, 2014. This second prototype will be heavier (2.4 tons) and bigger (72-meter wingspan) than the original prototype, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA. The new airplane, which will rely on more than 17,000 solar cells and four 260 Wh per kg batteries, will be able to fly for at least seven nights and days without landing.
Solar Impulse’s most recent long-distance journey was a coast-to-coast trek across the US. The journey consisted of several legs completed between May 3 and July 6, 2013.