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Solar Impulse Selects China As Key Stopover For RTW Flight

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

The first Round-The-World Solar Flight with Solar Impulse has designated China as a key stop along the way. With two landings planned in China and a partnership with Sina — one of the top media companies in China — Bertrand Piccard & André Borschberg announced their intention with Solar Impulse, the single-seater 100% solar aircraft that is slated to complete the First Round-The-World challenge in 2015, according to Solar Impulse.

With its Round-The-World-Flight, Solar Impulse’s unique mission will show how clean technologies and renewable energies can accomplish the impossible. It aims to inspire people across all nations to unite behind one common goal: the commitment to a more sustainable future.

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André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard | Image courtesy of Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse was not built to carry passengers but to carry messages. We want to demonstrate the importance of innovation and pioneering spirit, to encourage people to question their old certitudes and habits. The world needs to implement new ways of improving the quality of human life. Clean technologies and renewable forms of energy are part of the solution, as they can simultaneously protect the environment and create jobs and profit for the industry. –Bertrand Piccard.

Being an idea born in Switzerland, Solar Impulse creates an opportunity to deepen ties between Switzerland and the People’s Republic of China, which will celebrate the 65th anniversary of their bilateral relations in 2015.

We believe that science and technology play a fundamental role for achieving the Chinese dream. Solar Impulse is a powerful symbol for change and as a leading online portal in China we hope to help inspire particularly our younger generation about what innovation and a pioneering spirit can make possible. Sina will commit considerable resources to help spread Solar Impulse’s message across a wide range of social media and digital platforms. –Deputy Editor in Chief, Ms. Zhao Tian from Sina.

With innovation and clean technology firmly rooted at the heart of its economic development strategy, it is no coincidence that China is one of the key partners working hand in hand with Solar Impulse for the success of this Round-The-World Solar Flight.

By joining forces, Sina and Solar Impulse are given the opportunity to bring inspiration to millions of people with the scientific exploration of the Round the World Solar Flight. Equally, I am especially thankful to the Chinese government enthusiasm to help bring solar impulse to China in order to demonstrate together the potential of clean technologies. –André Borschberg.

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