Circumnavigating the world in a solar airplane among topics to be discussed at World Future Energy Summit

  • Bertrand Piccard, President and Pilot of Solar Impulse wants to demonstrate what can be achieved when pushing the limits of actual renewable technologies at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

Bertrand Piccard, President of Solar Impulse and internationally renowned lecturer will be presenting his project to fly around the world in a solar airplane during the World Future Energy Summit taking place in Abu Dhabi, 18-21 January 2010.

Bertand Piccard will be among the speakers’ of a session at the World Future Energy Summit entitled “Achieving the unachievable: around the world in a solar plane”. Panelists will include Duncan Hedditch, Chief Executive EMAL; Peter Gutman, Global Head, Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance, Standard Chartered Bank or Katrina Landis, Group Vice President, BP Alternative Energy to name a few.
Mr. Piccard commented, “I came up with this idea following the first non stop around the world balloon flight in 1999. To achieve this success, we took off with almost 4 tons of liquid propane and landed with only 40 kilos. Realizing that the lack of fuel could have made failed our expedition, I made a promise to myself. The next time I’d fly around the world, I’d do it without fuel. I am looking forward to talking about the project at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, and hope that it helps to demonstrate the potential of renewable energies.”

Solar Impulse’s project and core challenge entail flying an aircraft under its own power, both day and night, entirely propelled by solar energy. To create this zero fuel airplane, Impulse Solar has been working on applying totally new aeronautical solutions. To meet this big challenge, the accent has been put on reducing energy consumption by using new construction and aerodynamic features never before encountered.

This is just one of example of the technological breakthroughs that will be discussed at the World Future Energy Summit.  Other sessions will be taking place on examples of how renewable energy can and is being applied to people’s daily lives, including e-mobility, green building and architecture, vehicles, fuels and power trains, among many others.

The main partners for the ambitious Impulse Solar project include Deutsche Bank, Omega and Solvay[1].

Solar Impulse’s President will be present, along with a delegation from Switzerland, travelling to attend the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

About WFES:

The 3rd edition of the World Future Energy Summit will be held from 18-21 January 2010, hosted by MASDAR, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

World Leaders, Policy Makers, Experts and Investors from 100 countries will meet in Abu Dhabi to identify real solutions for today’s climate change and energy challenges. Over 600 exhibitors from 50 countries will be exhibiting at the World Future Energy and Environment Exhibitions on a total space of 40,000sqm offering an unrivalled business and networking opportunities to over 20,000 attendees expected to visit the summit and the exhibition.

Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors is the principal sponsor of WFES 2010. Emirates Aluminium is Associate Sponsor, and additional Sponsors include BP Alternative Energy, Standard Chartered, Siemens, Schneider Electric, Exxon Mobil, ABB, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Oxy, the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipality Affairs and Terna.

For more information on the programme or to register, visit

About DBCCA:

DB Climate Change Advisors group (DBCCA) is the institutional and alternatives investment management business of Deutsche Asset Management, managing assets of institutional investors and high net worth individuals. DeAM is one of the leading climate change investors in the world, with approximately $4 billion under management as of March 2009.  With a world-class in-house research team focusing on this theme, DeAM is an investment industry thought-leader on a broad range of climate change dynamics.

In June 2009, DBCCA launched the world’s first scientifically valid, real-time carbon counter, a nearly 70-foot-tall digital billboard displaying the running total of long-lived greenhouse gases in the atmosphere in New York.  The Carbon Counter Number is available 24 hours a day at and updates are available at ttp://


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