Partners

Solar Impulse Partners have in common a pioneering spirit, a long-term vision and a desire to explore new horizons. They share the basic values of the project: exploration, technological innovation, competence, entrepreneurial expertise, passion, teamwork, dream and emotion.

 

Like Solar Impulse’s initiators, they are keen to use these values to promote renewable energies and the technologies needed for protecting the environment.

Main Partners

At the highest level of association with and contribution to the project are four Main Partners, each in a different field of activity. These partners are named on the airplane, on the pilots' uniforms and on those of the Solar Impulse Team, on all construction and operations sites and during all flight missions. Our Main Partners’s reputation and influence are essential to the success of the project. They help to relay its key messages and also benefit from the project’s enormous communications potential. Right now the four Main Partner slots have been filled. These Main Partners, who have already guaranteed the construction of the first two airplanes are SOLVAY, an international industrial Group active in Chemistry, OMEGA, a watch brand with a worldwide and ‘lunar’ reputation and a pioneer of Olympic timing, SCHINDLER, a leading global elevator and escalator provider, and a technology pioneer for clean mobility, and ABB, whose heritage of technology innovation in renewables, sustainable transportation and energy efficiency makes it also an ideal partner for Solar Impulse.

Official Partners

On the second level of partnership and next in order of importance, we have the Official Partners, again each exclusively representing its particular field of activity. Official Partners too have extensive communication rights to the project, including use of the official Solar Impulse names and symbols. They too are systematically identified by Solar Impulse at the official sites and during the different flight missions.

Official supporters

The Official Supporters are the third Partnership level. They can associate themselves with the flight missions and take advantage of being an official name in a variety of communications and promotional activities for the duration of the project.

Official suppliers

At the fourth and last official partnership level we find the Official Suppliers. Official Partners enjoy various promotional rights, an official name and participation in the test flights.

Institutional and aeronautics partners

Solar Impulse can count of the knowledge and experience of major institutions and players in the worlds of science, aerospace and leading edge technology, keen to join in the solar adventure and integrate it into their respective technical and scientific fields. Their advice is as precious as the credibility and prestige they bring to the project.

Specialized Partners

The specialized partners bring competencies and know-how which are complementary and necessary to the development and realization of the project.
In this capacity, they play a fundamental role in the project's success.

ABAECHERLI DRUCK
Printing Specialist

AeroFEM
Engineering Consultant and Software Support Specialist

AIR ENERGY
Lithium Batteries Management

AIRSTAR
Mobile Hangar Construction Specialist

ALR
Design Expert

AVESCO RENT
Equipment Rental Specialist

CELEROTON
Frequency Converter Specialist

COBHAM SATCOM
Satellite Communication System Specialist

COBHAM SURVEILLANCE
Telemetry Specialist

CONNOVA
Manufacturer of Composite Parts

CONSTELLIUM
Aluminium Material Specialist

COURVOISIER
Printing Specialist

CREATIVES
Mobile Application Partner

DLR
Ground Vibration Specialist

DRAKA FILECA
Electrical Cable Specialist

DRIVETEK
Electrical Systems

EADS DEFENCE & SECURITY
Helicopters Support

ETEL
Electric Motor Propulsion

EURAAUDIT SUISSE
Auditors

EUREKA CORPORATION
IT Support Specialist

EUROPAVIA (SWITZERLAND)
Eurocopter Distributor, Swiss Helicopter Group

FIDULEM
Chartered Accountants

FLY-IN BALLOONS
Mobile Hangar Developer

FRIDERICI SPECIAL
Special Transport

GONTHIER & SCHNEEBERGER
Insurance Broker

HERPA
Model Specialist

HS TURBOMASCHINEN
Turbo-compressor for the Pressurization System

IDC
Gear Manufacturing Specialist

INFOMANIAK NETWORK
Website Hosting

INSTITUT DE MICROTECHNIQUE DE L’UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL
Photovoltaic Cells Expert

INSTITUT ROYAL METEOROLOGIQUE DE BELGIQUE
Meteorology and Routing

INTER-TRANSLATIONS
Translations Specialist

JEPPESEN
Aeronautical Integrated Solutions

LANITZ-PRENA FOLIEN FACTORY
Film and fabric cover specialist

LE TRUC
3D Animation and Special Effects

LISTA OFFICE
Mission Room Provider

LUCERNE UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCE AND ARTS
Study of Fluid/Structure Interaction

MAKROART
Large Scale Digital Printing

METEOSUISSE
Meteorology Specialist

MICHELIN
Tire Development

MICRO-BEAM
Electric Motor Driver

MÖBEL PFISTER
VIP Lounge Provider

NIKON AG
Photogaphic and Video Material Specialist

NÜSSLI SCHWEIZ
Temporary Construction Specialist

ON AIR
Swift Broadband Satellite Connectivity

PIELLEITALIA
Team & Project Clothing

PLASMA COMMUNICATION
Technical Video Services

P&TS Marques
Intellectual Property Protection

QNX SOFTWARE SYSTEMS
Real-time Operating System Provider

RUAG AEROSPACE
Aerodynamics and Structure Testing

SAVEURS&COULEURS
Catering Specialist

SKF (SWITZERLAND)
Bearing Technology, Analytic Modeling, Virtual Testing

SKYGUIDE
Switzerland's civil and military air navigation services

SOURIAU
Connectors Specialist

SQS
Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems

TAVERNIER TSCHANZ
Legal Advisor

THE MATHWORKS
Matlab Software specialist

THOEMUS
Electro Bikes Specialist

TOYOTA MATERIAL HANDLING (SWITZERLAND)
Handling Material Specialist

TRANSCAT PLM
Software Support

TRIADEM SOLUTIONS
Hardware and Software Specialist

UDITIS
Guest Lead Event Solution

VECTRONIX
Night Vision Goggles Specialist

ZHAW, ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
Meteorology Consultant

SUPPLIERS
AC Propulsion
AD+C
Altium
Beringer
Bontron & Co
Jean Chessex
La Souris Verte
Lumière Noire
Mettler-Toledo
Modeco
Mountain High E&S Co
On Top
Rezo.ch
Transmetra
TSR

OTHER
Lake Geneva Region

ABB’s heritage of technology innovation in renewables, sustainable transportation and energy efficiency makes it an ideal partner for Solar Impulse.

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is supporting Solar Impulse in its daring endeavor to fl y a plane around the world, powered only by solar energy. ABB and Solar Impulse make for a perfect partnership. Both are Swiss-based pioneers of cutting-edge clean energy technologies and both are striving ...

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ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is supporting Solar Impulse in its daring endeavor to fl y a plane around the world, powered only by solar energy. ABB and Solar Impulse make for a perfect partnership. Both are Swiss-based pioneers of cutting-edge clean energy technologies and both are striving to address the world’s energy challenges through groundbreaking technological innovation. Solar Impulse shows what is possible when one is willing to venture beyond the boundaries of the conventional wisdom ; ABB shows how breakthrough innovation can be transformed into technologies and solutions for a better world.

The parallels don’t end there. ABB and Solar Impulse are both focused on solving similar challenges. Each has made signifi cant contributions to our knowledge of how renewable energy can be more effi ciently transformed into electricity and how that electricity can be deployed in the most effi cient way possible. Both are working on novel and creative ways of storing energy to improve the reliability and stability of electrical systems.

By joining forces, ABB and Solar Impulse will be able to strengthen the case for renewables and to demonstrate that economic growth, progress and quality of life can be maintained and improved without consuming unsustainable amounts of energy and polluting the environment.

It was a personal dream to have ABB joining our family of partners, as we have exactly the same goal of improving the world by reaching more energy efficiency and saving natural resources of our planet.

Whilst Solar Impulse wants to motivate people to use clean technologies, ABB produces them to bring them on the market. This illustrates how realistic the message of Solar Impulse is. ABB makes it possible for everyone to use electrical power as efficiently as on our solar airplane, and to enable renewable energy and ...

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Whilst Solar Impulse wants to motivate people to use clean technologies, ABB produces them to bring them on the market. This illustrates how realistic the message of Solar Impulse is. ABB makes it possible for everyone to use electrical power as efficiently as on our solar airplane, and to enable renewable energy and sustainable transport.

With his background of engineer, André is elated as well. ABB is an ideal partner with its long history and rich heritage of technology innovation and this is exactly what also drives us. During the Official Presentation of Solar Impulse 2, on April 9, ABB will be joining the panel discussion around the topic “Meeting the Technological Challenges”.

By the way, have you noticed our new motto “Exploration to Change the World”? It fits so well with our new partnership.

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides businesses and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations.

Partnering with the world’s leading Aerospace & Defense companies for over 30 years, Dassault Systèmes supports the programs of tomorrow as that of Solar Impulse with our 3DEXPERIENCE solutions to develop products to exacting requirements while incorporating complex technologies and mitigating risk.

 

3DEXPERIENCE ...

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Partnering with the world’s leading Aerospace & Defense companies for over 30 years, Dassault Systèmes supports the programs of tomorrow as that of Solar Impulse with our 3DEXPERIENCE solutions to develop products to exacting requirements while incorporating complex technologies and mitigating risk.

 

3DEXPERIENCE solutions break down the traditional barriers between teams, suppliers and others enabling collaboration for creating truly innovative and better products that may change the world. 

McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that helps leading organizations across the globe to enhance their performance. We provide world-class experience tailored to local needs and work with private companies and public sector bodies to tackle challenges in strategy, operations, organization, and technology. ...

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McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that helps leading organizations across the globe to enhance their performance. We provide world-class experience tailored to local needs and work with private companies and public sector bodies to tackle challenges in strategy, operations, organization, and technology. At local and global level, we apply our knowledge and experience to conduct research into management issues, develop long-term perspectives, and take part in public debates on the most pressing issues facing business and economies. As Solar Impulse’s official knowledge partner, McKinsey draws on its global energy expertise to develop balanced perspectives on future resource challenges, assess the feasibility of cleantech opportunities for consumers, businesses and governments, and crystallize the resulting messages and measures in a Solar Impulse “charter.” 

Once a pioneer, always a pioneer

It’s always an incredible sight to see a conference hall bursting with children and even more so when they’re all motivated by the same thing: protecting the environment. This year’s Climate Pioneers event ...

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It’s always an incredible sight to see a conference hall bursting with children and even more so when they’re all motivated by the same thing: protecting the environment. This year’s Climate Pioneers event was held at the Kursaal in Bern. The collaborative project between Swisscom, Solar Impulse and myclimate is designed to raise youth’s awareness about the challenges facing our world today through practical, hands-on projects.

Classes that have completed a concrete environmentally-friendly project are invited to the Climate Fest that takes place every year in November. This year 1200 students were present, mostly from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, but there was also a small representation from Ticino, Switzerland’s Italian-speaking region.  

“Dreams fuel innovation and that’s what Solar Impulse is about: inspiring people to seek solutions for a cleaner planet. I had a vision of a solar-powered airplane, an idea that was quickly rejected by aviation specialists who considered it impossible. I persevered and today, together with André, Solar Impulse is flying across countries and continents without fuel,” said Bertrand to the hall of cheering kids. “You are Climate Pioneers. Some might tell you that it’s impossible to protect the environment, but don’t listen to them. Believe in what you’ve achieved and inspire others,” concluded the Solar Impulse Initiator, Chairman and pilot.

“Today, you are all Climate Pioneers, but your role doesn’t end here. After today’s event, go home, talk to your parents, to your grandparents, to your friends. Tell them what you’ve learned and achieved as a Climate Pioneer and inspire them to follow your example” said in both Italian and German Doris Leuthard, member of the Swiss Federal Council.

There is nothing more inspiring than to see the sparkle in children’s eyes when they receive the little token of recognition, the Climate Pioneer Certificate, handed by Bertrand to each class representative. They worked hard to conceive and complete environmentally-relevant projects and many of them still nurture that innate optimism adults often lose with time. When asked if they can imagine a sky filled with solar-powered aircrafts, their response is overflowing with certainty: of course! Let their dreams prosper and who knows, we might be pleasantly surprised in a near future…. 

The listener

Solar Impulse is a very unique project and it’s also why its relationship with partners is more than just a marketing endeavor: it finances technological innovation and renewable energies; it finances solutions for the future. For this reason Solar Impulse calls these relationships partnerships.

A partnership ...

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Solar Impulse is a very unique project and it’s also why its relationship with partners is more than just a marketing endeavor: it finances technological innovation and renewable energies; it finances solutions for the future. For this reason Solar Impulse calls these relationships partnerships.

A partnership is a two-way street that requires a continuous and ongoing exchange. The person responsible for this at Solar Impulse is Marc de Borst, sound engineer turned public relations specialist. Communicating is his thing, be that through music or words, so he immediately found himself in his element when he took on the role of Partner Relations & Development Coordinator. He’s the main point of contact, the link. In close cooperation with Solar Impulse’s Marketing Managing Director, Gregory Blatt, Marc participates in the partner-search process, offers support to define new contracts and acts as the guardian of partners’ rights after the deal is sealed. He makes sure that partners have all the material and information necessary to actively communicate their partnership across various platforms. Working hand in hand with partners, Marc ensures that their contribution and role in the project is visible to the outside world. He acts like an ear when something needs to be changed. In fact, that’s Marc’s most important yet most subtle role, the ear, the listener.

Every partner is unique, like Solar Impulse, and is treated like an individual. There are partners that contribute technology to the project, others provide engineers or project management skills; others embed their specialists or provide insurance coverage for the airplane. There are also different partnership levels, different needs, and different expectations. During the Across America, for example, some partners wanted to organize events with schools, others for employees or clients and others a conference with the pilots. Marc had to coordinate their needs and seek a feasible and satisfactory option in line with their partnership agreement.

What truly drives Marc is the human contact and achieving the highest degree of satisfaction. In perfect harmony, Marc and our partners share the same vision and commitment to making this a reality. 


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