Solar Implulse pilots win World Solar Prize
The record breaking Swiss Solar Impulse 2 pilots have won the World Solar Prize, awarded by Swiss Solar Agency, for attracting “unmatched international attention” to renewable forms of energy.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg flew around the world in a solar plane, using rechargeable solar-powered batteries and extremely light materials.
On July 26, 2016, it landed in Abu Dhabi, from where it had taken off on March 9, 2015, stopping in 17 destinations, and covering almost 43,000km without a drop of jet fuel.
The prize is one of 14 Swiss Solar Awards being presented at the OLMA agricultural fair in St Gallen, which recognises a selection of exemplary buildings, institutions and people for their contributions to solar energy usage and energy-efficient buildings.