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Solar plane flies around the world

The solar-powered Solar Impulse plane has made history by completing its epic round-the-world flight, proving that clean technologies can really achieve the impossible.

The solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg embarked on this record-breaking adventure to demonstrate how modern clean technologies can achieve the impossible.  

The team flew 40,000km without fuel, a first for energy. Completing the flight in Abu Dhabi, Bertrand said: “Emotions, tears, relief, exhilaration is running through the team right now after completing the first Round-the-World solar flight.”

He added: “At this moment, we must remember that, more than anything else, it is the start of what will come next, beyond Solar Impulse.”

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin said: “I am delighted to congratulate Solar Impulse on its pioneering round-the-world flight fuelled entirely by energy from the sun. This remarkable accomplishment is a clear signal that the age of renewable power is here to stay. IRENA is proud to have supported the project as one of its partners.”

Watch the flight make its historic landing below.


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