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Fri 22 Apr 2016 01:39 PM

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Masdar-backed Solar Impulse 2 resumes round-the-world trip

Solar powered plane that took off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015 embarks on ninth leg of journey from Hawaii

Masdar-backed Solar Impulse 2 resumes round-the-world trip
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Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the revolutionary solar-powered plane backed by UAE's clean energy firm Masdar, has resumed its round-the-world journey that started in Abu Dhabi in March 2015.

Si2’s first flight of 2016 is being attempted by the initiative’s founder and chairman Bertrand Piccard, who is expected to fly solo for 62 hours across the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to the West Coast of the United States, the trip’s ninth leg overall.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, a key supporter of the Si2 odyssey, said: “Solar Impulse and Masdar share a visionary spirit and a common goal of advancing renewable energy.

“Having accepted a challenge considered impossible by many, the pilots are redefining the world’s perception of what can be achieved through clean-tech innovation and of the possibilities of renewable energy.”

Masdar is Solar Impulse’s official host partner. After the plane’s arrival in Abu Dhabi in January last year, Masdar supported the flight team’s community outreach campaign, welcoming more than 2,000 students to the plane’s hangar at Al Bateen Executive Airport.

Si2 takes to the skies again as the world marks Earth Day on April 22, an annual event promoting environmental conservation.

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