Solar Impulse 2 arrives in Egypt

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Solar Impulse 2 arrives in Egypt

Solar Impulse 2 arrives in Egypt

(Cairo) – Solar Impulse 2, Si2, the solar-powered plane attempting to become the first aircraft in the world to circumnavigate the globe without using a drop of fossil fuel, took another step towards its epic goal when it touched down in Egypt at 07:10 Egypt time today. The plane was received at Cairo International Airport by Egypt’s Minister of Civil Aviation, Sherif Fathy, and the UAE Ambassador to Egypt, Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi.
Cairo is the iconic aircraft’s sixteenth and final stop before reaching Abu Dhabi, the city where Si2 began its record-breaking journey in March last year. Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, is the official host partner of Si2.
The futuristic aircraft left Spain for Egypt on July 11th after flying over the Gemasolar solar thermal power plant located 60-kilometres to the west of Seville. Masdar is a partner in Gemasolar, a 20-megawatt clean energy plant which, like Solar Impulse, runs on renewable energy 24-hours a day thanks to a combination of advanced solar power technology and energy storage.
Yousef Baselaib, Senior Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, was part of the Solar Impulse 2 welcoming committee in Cairo.
“Solar Impulse’s arrival in Egypt is further proof that clean energy is a viable technology in the realisation of a more sustainable future,” he said at a press conference with pilot Andre Borschberg, who completed his last flight at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 on the Seville-Cairo route.
“Solar Impulse is a window onto the future but also a spotlight on what can be achieved with clean technology today: increased access to sustainable energy and a better quality of life for more and more people around the globe,” he said.
The penultimate step in Si2’s round-the-world adventure, Egypt is also a showcase of Masdar’s thriving partnerships in clean energy and commitment to clean-tech innovation.
Since the solar-powered plane left Abu Dhabi in 2015, Masdar has rolled out four projects in the country, including 30 megawatts of utility-scale solar power, and installed 7,000 solar home systems that are helping to electrify rural communities. Altogether, the projects are providing clean power to more than 25,000 homes and displacing nearly 43,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
(Courtesy WAM)