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ABB to power around the world solar flight

Move helps company position itself as leader in renewables.

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ABB supports Solar Impulse's plan to fly round the world in a solar plane.
ABB supports Solar Impulse's plan to fly round the world in a solar plane.

See images of the plane HERE.

ABB is supporting an attempt by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg to fly around the world in a solar powered airplane in 2015.

Piccard and Borschberg, who go by the name of Solar Impulse, will unveil the plane to be used in attempt on April 9.

“This partnership brings together two Swiss-based global leaders that are passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to achieve a better world,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

“We believe in Bertrand’s vision, and we are convinced that by pioneering innovative technologies we will be able to decouple economic growth from energy consumption and environmental impact.

ABB is keen to position itself as a global leader in renewables, sustainable transportation and energy efficiency.

It claims to be the world’s second-largest supplier of solar inverters and is a major supplier to the wind-power industry. In March 2014, ABB announced that it would be building the world’s largest network of new-generation, fast chargers for electric cars in China.

“Today, ABB is a global leader for solutions to enable energy efficiency, sustainable transportation and renewables and, like Solar Impulse, we are always challenging the boundaries of what is technologically possible.”

Andre Borschberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Solar Impulse, added. “Solar Impulse and ABB are technology innovators and pioneers. We both want to motivate people to use clean technologies; ABB and Solar Impulse will work together on key technologies like power electronics for our mutual benefit.”

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