Schindler and the Solar Impulse Project

Schindler and the Solar Impulse Project

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


Andrea Murer
Project Manager Solar Impulse Partnership
+41 41 445 45 14

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 with no fuel in 2015.

Cooperation for Future Schindler Technologies

Schindler is constantly developing its products to be cleaner and more sustainable. We not only offer innovations like elevators without machine rooms, destination control, regenerative drives and 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.

The project

To demonstrate the enormous potential of renewable energy, they pioneered the first-ever aircraft capable of using solar energy to fly both day and night. Like all revolutionary inventions, it wasn’t easy.

Plane characteristics

whereas the prototype used existing technologies, Solar Impulse HB-SIB required the development of new materials and new construction methods. 

Founders' message

Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman of Solar Impulse, welcomes Schindler’s involvement as an important illustration of how forward looking companies are approaching sustainable development.

Picture Gallery

  • Mission flight "Across America" / 2013
  • Mission flight "Crossing Frontiers" / 2012
  • Mission flight to Brussels and Paris / 2011