Covestro to Continue the Spirit of Solar Impulse
Following the successful around-the-world flight of the solar aircraft Solar Impulse 2, Covestro AG, Leverkusen, Germany, is supporting a new, related initiative: the materials manufacturer will become the first partner of the recently founded International Committee for Clean Technology (ICCT). The two founders and Solar Impulse pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg of Switzerland, established this committee to continue the legacy of their project. They also want to continue to demonstrate what is possible with modern materials and efficient technologies – to which Covestro is also committed.
Starting in 2017, Covestro will serve on the board of the Solar Impulse Foundation, thus sharing responsibility for the new ICCT. The company has been part of Solar Impulse from the beginning and has been a partner for the past six years. The endeavor would not have been possible without the high-tech materials the company provided for the ultra lightweight aircraft, including a special polyurethane foam that made the cockpit particularly lightweight and also provided optimal insulation against the heat and cold.
“By flying around the world without a single drop of fuel, the Solar Impulse has shown what can be achieved with the help of the latest technologies available today,” said Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas. “We are all ecstatic to have played an essential role in this historic endeavor. Our support for the ICCT demonstrates our commitment to advances in clean technologies and to providing sustainable solutions, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
Covestro Deutschland AG
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