As I noted earlier today, I was lucky to get a very exclusive invite to an ABB–Solar Impulse event during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (and even got to interview ABB’s CEO Ulrich Spiesshof). Below are some more videos from that event, including a presentation from Ulrich and a presentation from Maxine Ghavi, formerly the head of ABB’s solar division and now the head of its microgrids division.
Some of the money quotes and points, imho:
- Ulrich: “In very simple terms, we stand for decoupling economic growth from environmental pollution.”
- Ulrich: Solar Impulse 2 has 17,000 solar cells and weighs less than a Range Rover.
- Ulrich: “Why do we partner with Solar Impulse?… Very simply, we share one ambition: we want to run the world without consuming the earth. And there is no better pilot case, there is no better proof to this, than the Solar Impulse project.”
- Maxine: ABB wanted to partner with Solar Impulse in two areas: “one is technological, and of course one is inspirational.”
- Maxine: The ABB engineers participating, even embedded in the Solar Impulse team, need to not only be really smart and have a lot of know-how, but also have “MacGyver-like” skills.
Here’s another video, produced by ABB, of one of those ABB engineers going around the world as part of the Solar Impulse team:
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