The First Round-the-World Solar Flight Seeks Opportunities in China

by swisscham in General Interest

As well as chocolates, watches, and beautiful scenery, Switzerland is also a world power in research and innovation. Solar Impulse, the world first solar flight, is an excellent example. Carrying no fuel, the new single-seater Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is designed to make its first round-the-world flight in 2015; it plans to land in China as one of its stopovers and is seeking various cooperation opportunities in China. “I hope to bring this project to China,” said AndrŽ Borschberg, CEO, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse, at a press conference held in the Swiss Embassy in China on 24 April 2014. “China is so dynamic and so open, and is always looking for new opportunities for suitable development,” Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Ambassador of Switzerland in China remarked. “I find it natural that Solar Impulse 2 will interest the Chinese public.” AndrŽ Borschberg explained the reasons why he plans to bring the project to China. His first aim is to see whether the Chinese government will be interested in the project. “The Chinese government has been very positive and very open to our requests so far,” Borschberg said, expressing his feelings about his contacts with Chinese government at this early stage.

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