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Two men, both pioneers, innovators and pilots, are the driving force behind Solar Impulse.

  • Bertrand Piccard, a doctor, psychiatrist, explorer and aeronaut, who made the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, is the initiator and chairman.
  • André Borschberg, an engineer and graduate in management science, a fighter pilot and a professional airplane and helicopter pilot, is the co-founder and CEO.

The former’s avant-gardist vision and the latter’s entrepreneurial and managerial experience are an ideal combination.

Bertrand Piccard

President, initiator and pilot of Solar Impulse.

  • Born in a dynasty of explorers and scientists who conquered the heights and the depths of our planet.
  • Psychiatrist specialised in hypnosis
  • International motivational speaker
  • Initiator of the Breitling Orbiter project and captain of the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, capturing 7 FAI world records for the longest flight of the entire aviation's history for both distance and duration.
  • Pioneer of hang-gliding and microlight flying in Europe; European hang-glider aerobatics champion.

Read more about Bertrand Piccard, connect to his website, Facebook fanpage, Google+ page, Twitter profile.

André Borschberg

CEO, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse.

  • Engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
  • Graduate of the Sloan School (MIT) in management science
  • Entrepreneur specialised in start-up companies
  • Trained as Swiss air force pilot
  • 8 FAI world records for distance, altitude and duration in a solar airplane

Read more about André Borschberg and follow him on Google+Twitter, Facebook.

André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard receive the Chromy Award 2015

After H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, and environmental sustainability advisor Tony Juniper, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are awarded the Chromy Award 2015 during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The Cloak of Consciousness is a reminder of our collective responsibility to act for positive change in our world,” said Bertrand Piccard. “This year we can really combine our momentum and show how many voices are committed to using clean energy,” continued André Borschberg.

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The Cloak of Consciousness is a reminder of our collective responsibility to act for positive change in our world,” said Bertrand Piccard. “This year we can really combine our momentum and show how many voices are committed to using clean energy,” continued André Borschberg.

The Chromy Award is a small replica of the Cloak of Conscience - a five meter high sculpture carved into a single stone block from the renowned Cave Michelangelo. Sculpted by world-renowned artist Anna Chromy, the Cloak of Conscience represents our spiritual and moral achievements in life, particularly those that demonstrate environmental preservation and human rights promotion.

It was fitting that Anna Chromy chose the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, hosted by solar Impulse’s Host Partner Masdar, to present this award; highlighting a shared vision for widespread renewable energy to be used in our daily lives.

More information about the award and Anna Chromy can be found at: http://chromys.annachromy.com/

 

This week Abu Dhabi plays host to one of the most important international gatherings of global policy makers and leaders, meeting to address the opportunities of renewable energy and sustainable development.

Hosted by Masdar, Solar Impulse’s Official Host Partner, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week addresses the global energy challenge by exploring the relationships between economic development, poverty ...

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Hosted by Masdar, Solar Impulse’s Official Host Partner, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week addresses the global energy challenge by exploring the relationships between economic development, poverty eradication, energy security, water scarcity and climate change. In 2014, it welcomed over 32,000 participants from 170 countries, and this year Solar Impulse is proud to be invited as a symbol of innovation in solar energy.

Anchored by the World Future Energy Summit, the 2015 program features a series of complementary events, conferences and exhibitions. Under the wings of Solar Impulse, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) teamed up with the Financial Times to host a debate about the future of global energy supply.

When we started Solar Impulse, we wanted to find concrete solutions to apply on the ground”, said André Borschberg. “If we adopt the clean technologies that exist now, we can halve the energy consumption of our world”, continued Bertrand Piccard.

Celebrating the achievements in this domain is the Zayed Future Energy Prize, annually awarded to companies and organizations that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. All of the nominees showed leading environmental awareness in both clean energy generation and efficient consumption, and the award ceremony was a time to reflect on the accomplishments of 2014, while looking forward to continued momentum in 2015.

What better opportunity for Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg - Solar Impulse founders and pilots - to announce the route of the First Round-The-World Solar Flight? 

For the UAE, this year holds the word “innovation” as a cornerstone. Through the pioneering spirit of Solar Impulse, 2015 is the opportunity to grasp the opportunities of clean energy in our lives.

Follow @solarimpulse for live updates during the ADSW until January 24th 2015.

It’s minus 20 degrees celsius, and you are at the height of Mount Everest. In 12 hours it will be plus 40 degrees and you will have repressurised to below 3,000m, only to repeat this cycle for five days! How do you survive?

For the pilots of Solar Impulse, the lifesaving techniques can be found in the asanas and pramayamas of yoga. Working with Sanjeev Bhanot, a professional yoga trainer with over 20 years professional experience, André Borschberg has been ...

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For the pilots of Solar Impulse, the lifesaving techniques can be found in the asanas and pramayamas of yoga. Working with Sanjeev Bhanot, a professional yoga trainer with over 20 years professional experience, André Borschberg has been able to address the difficulties of warming the body with little available oxygen, and cooling the body in the heat of the sun.

"Among these technical innovations of Solar Impulse is the calm of yoga, including a modified sun salutation," said André Borschberg. "Sanjeev’s training in collaboration with Hirslanden Clinics has given us the best preparation for the upcoming challenge, and his expertise has been invaluable in finding practical solutions within the constraints of the cockpit."

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Si2’s single seater cockpit acts as a yoga mat – no need at all for carry-on luggage for pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. The seat has been specifically designed to be lowered into a horizontal position, providing enough space for the pilot to fully stretch out. Sanjeev has been able to train with André to identify other points in the cockpit that the pilots can use to push against and support themselves during the flights of up to 120 hours.

Sanjeev founded YogaLife in 1999, and describes how Antastha Yoga is applied to Solar Impulse here :

http://www.antasthayoga.com/events/

http://www.yogalife.org/solarimpulse.html

Originally from Dungargarh in Rajasthan, India, Sanjeev is now based in Switzerland.  He will accompany the Si2 for the duration of the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, and can be followed on these social media channels:

https://www.facebook.com/antasthayoga

https://twitter.com/Yogalifeworld

https://www.facebook.com/yogalifeworld


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