Solar Impulse in India


Schindler partners with Solar Impulse, the first ever flight powered only by solar energy, which began its Round-the-World journey on March 9 and made two stopovers in India & in Ahemdabad and Varanasi. 

The partnership with the Solar Impulse project, which is the brainchild of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, underscores Schindler’s commitment to developing sustainable mobility technology

Schindler, a leading global elevator and escalator provider, is providing significant technical expertise and financial support as a main partner of Solar Impulse, the zero fuel airplane aiming to fly around the world propelled only by solar energy without using drop of fuel. The Solar Impulse project underscores Schindler’s commitment to reimagining sustainable mobility. With the Round-the-World flights beginning in March 2015, Solar Impulse aims to rewrite history and help create a more sustainable future. The Round-the-World tour is expected to take 25 flying days over a period of 4 to 5 months. 

“Schindler is a main partner of Solar Impulse because it is one of the most inspiring clean-tech projects in the world today. We share a common goal with our Solar Impulse partners – to exploit the potential of new technologies to realize clean mobility in the future. This partnership is the perfect embodiment of Schindler’s ongoing investment in innovative technology for sustainable mobility,” said Uday Kulkarni, President Schindler India & South-East Asia.

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.

The Solar powered aircraft plans to go Around-The-World in 5 months starting from March 9 at Abu Dhabi with 12 major stops . After covering Abu Dhabi, Oman, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Myanmar till now, the plane will visit, China, The Pacific, America, The Atlantic, Europe, Africa and then go back to Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse, which has the wingspan of an Airbus A340 but is ca. 100 times lighter, landed at Ahmedabad on March 10, 2015 and reached Varanasi on March 18, 2015. 

The Solar Impulse teams, alongside contributing Schindler engineers, have developed targeted innovations that revolutionize the structure of materials, improving their robustness and reducing their weight. Such innovations can lead to significant reductions in energy consumption, which in elevators, account for one of the largest parts of their environmental impact.

“Our long-standing commitment to trailblazing technology that safely moves more people with less energy is one we share with Solar Impulse. The insights we gain from working together with the top researchers and technical experts in their fields will bring us closer than ever to achieving this common goal,” said Antony Parokaran, CEO Schindler India.

Schindler’s destination dispatching system, machine room-less elevators, regenerative drives and variable speed escalator technology are industry benchmarks in innovation. The company’s latest development, an elevator powered exclusively by solar energy, once again highlights Schindler’s revolutionary and forward-looking spirit.

Solar Impulse in India
Solar Impulse @ Ahmedabad

"Solar Impulse is an excellent example of innovative sustainability and grass-roots entrepreneurship", said Alfred N. Schindler, Chairman of the Schindler Group. "This project is not only about saving and conserving energy; it's all about working smarter instead of working harder.”

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. “Schindler is not simply a partner of Solar Impulse, it is the proof that global companies are increasingly understanding the enormous potential of Cleantech in industrial and economic development, and in the creation of jobs.”

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