To show its support of energy efficiency, HVAC market technology company ABB announced plans to accompany Solar Impulse and its crew on the plane’s solar-powered flight around the world.
Officials announced in January that the solar-powered flight was to begin between late February and early March in Abu Dhabi.
ABB Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Spiesshofer expects the movement to have a significant impact on the next generation’s perspective of environmental issues.
“Solar Impulse will inspire a new generation to embrace innovation and technology to solve the planet’s biggest challenges,” he said. “ABB will be with the Solar Impulse team every mile of its journey.”
The two men who were announced to pilot the nearly 25,000-mile voyage are Andre Borschberg and Swiss aviation pioneer Bertrand Piccard, who was also part of the first team to circle the earth in a balloon in 1999.
Piccard said he believes the energy-renewable flight is necessary to help save the planet.
“This is what the world needs,” he said. “Otherwise, we’re going to waste all our natural resources.”