Schindler and the Solar Impulse partnership

Schindler and the Solar Impulse partnership

Schindler and Solar Impulse - joining forces today to address the challenges of tomorrow.

Schindler is one of four main partners who have joined forces to develop the Solar Impulse, a revolutionary aircraft that uses only sunlight for power. This is important to us, as demands on mobility grow and fuel resources dwindle and become more expensive.

Mankind’s future lies in using clean, sustainable energy from renewable sources. Sources like the sun that will power the Solar Impulse – which has the wingspan of an Airbus A340 but is ca. 100 times lighter – when it attempts to circle the globe non-stop with no fuel in 2014.

Cooperation for Future Schindler Technologies

Schindler is constantly developing its products to be cleaner and more sustainable. We offer innovations like elevators without machine rooms, regenerative drives and the PORT Technology.

We share a common goal with our Solar Impulse partners – to exploit the potential of new technologies to realize clean mobility in the future. The insights our engineers gain from working with researchers and technical experts from leading high-tech firms in the Solar Impulse project will take us closer to achieving this.

In the words of Alfred N. Schindler, Chairman of the Schindler Group:

"Solar Impulse is an excellent example of innovative sustainability and grass-root entrepreneurship. It is not only about saving and conserving energy, it's all about working smarter instead of working harder. While staying in the air – day after day – Solar Impulse moves us beyond the idea of conventional belt tightening: it proves convincingly that one can tap into a virtually unlimited supply of solar energy. Solar Impulse is a unique platform where creativity meets audacity, technological expertise meets perseverance, vision meets discipline and, finally, where action converts a dream into reality."

Alfred N. Schindler, André Borschberg and Betrand Piccard give handshake
Alfred N. Schindler (left), André Borschberg (cockpit) and Bertrand Piccard (right)