Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Bayer MaterialScience becomes official partner for Solar Impulse

Bayer MaterialScience has become an official partner of the Solar Impulse project – around the world in a solar airplane. From left to right: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator of Solar Impulse, Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer MaterialScience, Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Engels, Head of the Innovation Community Council at Bayer MaterialScience and André Borschberg, CEO of Solar Impulse.
Bayer MaterialScience has become an official partner of the Solar Impulse project – around the world in a solar airplane. From left to right: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator of Solar Impulse, Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer MaterialScience, Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Engels, Head of the Innovation Community Council at Bayer MaterialScience and André Borschberg, CEO of Solar Impulse.

Abstract:
First round-the-world flight in a solar airplane
Innovative materials for long-range day and night flights powered by only the sun

Bayer MaterialScience becomes official partner for Solar Impulse

Leverkusen/Payerne | Posted on March 31st, 2010

Bayer MaterialScience has become an official partner of the Solar Impulse project. Its founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are developing the first manned aircraft aiming to fly around the world day and night without fuel, propelled by solar energy only. The latest cutting-edge technology is incorporated into the prototype airplane, which has the wingspan of a large airliner (63.40 meters) and the weight of a midsize car (1.600 kilograms). Some 12,000 solar cells cover its surface to run 4 electrical engines and store the solar energy for the night in 400 kilograms of lithium batteries.

Bayer MaterialScience will support the Swiss-based Solar Impulse initiative with technical expertise, high-tech polymer materials and energy-saving lightweight products. Baytubes® carbon nanotubes from Bayer MaterialScience, for example, could increase battery performance and improve the strength of structural components while keeping their weight to a minimum. Other potential applications include innovative adhesives, polyurethane rigid foams for paneling in the cockpit and engine, and extremely thin yet break-resistant polycarbonate films and sheet for the cockpit glazing.

In December 2009, the prototype Solar Impulse HB-SIA accomplished its inaugural ‘flea hop' take-off, a first milestone in the development of the project. Various flights including pioneering night flights are scheduled for this summer. After evaluating important data on the behavior of the aircraft, a second airplane will be designed and built with the objective of flying around the world in 25 days (5 legs of 5 days each) at an average speed of 70 km/h. Two pilots will take turns in the single seat cockpit. According to current plans, this flight is scheduled in 2013.

"We are delighted to be an official partner in this exciting project," says Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer MaterialScience. "Through our involvement we will have the unique opportunity to contribute our know-how and innovative new materials. This support underlines Bayer MaterialScience's commitment and responsibility to a sustainable environment as well as contributing to the success of Solar Impulse's great technological challenge."

Bertrand Piccard, Initiator of Solar Impulse, says support from Bayer MaterialScience is a significant boost for the project. "I've always been fascinated by nanotechnology. Now, with Bayer MaterialScience as an official partner, we will be able to make our airplane even lighter and more efficient. We look forward with great enthusiasm to being able to tap into the company's renowned expertise and innovative materials."

André Borschberg, CEO of Solar Impulse adds: "Bayer MaterialScience's technology is a key to the success of the project, especially in developing innovative material solutions in order to reduce our energy consumption. We look forward to a productive collaboration with the experts from Germany."

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer's public reports which are available on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

####

About Bayer MaterialScience
With 2009 sales of EUR 7.5 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Bayer MaterialScience has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 14,300 people at the end of 2009. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

About Solar Impulse:
Solar Impulse’s project and core challenge entail flying an aircraft around the world, without fuel, entirely powered both day and night by solar energy. The goal is to demonstrate the huge potential of renewable energies and energy saving technologies. Therefore, the accent has been put on reducing energy consumption by using innovative construction methods and aerodynamic features never before realized. Solar Impulse is supported by, among others, the Solvay group, Omega, and Deutsche Bank, who are its Main Partners. Bayer MaterialScience and Altran are the project's Official Partners. The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is the Official Scientific Partner and Dassault-Aviation is the aircraft design and production Consultant.

For more information visit www.bayermaterialscience.com & www.solarimpulse.com

For more information, please click here

Copyright © Bayer MaterialScience

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Terabyte Photonic Dataset Sale July 30th, 2014

Zenosense, Inc. July 29th, 2014

Optimum inertial design for self-propulsion: A new study investigates the effects of small but finite inertia on the propulsion of micro and nano-scale swimming machines July 29th, 2014

A new way to make microstructured surfaces: Method can produce strong, lightweight materials with specific surface properties July 29th, 2014

Nanotubes/Buckyballs

SouthWest NanoTechnologies Names NanoSperse as A SWeNT Certified Compounder July 29th, 2014

A new way to make microstructured surfaces: Method can produce strong, lightweight materials with specific surface properties July 29th, 2014

UCF Nanotech Spinout Developing Revolutionary Battery Technology: Power the Next Generation of Electronics with Carbon July 23rd, 2014

University of Houston researchers create new method to draw molecules from live cells: Technique using magnetic nanomaterials offers promise for diagnosis, gene therapy July 17th, 2014

Announcements

Terabyte Photonic Dataset Sale July 30th, 2014

Zenosense, Inc. July 29th, 2014

Optimum inertial design for self-propulsion: A new study investigates the effects of small but finite inertia on the propulsion of micro and nano-scale swimming machines July 29th, 2014

A new way to make microstructured surfaces: Method can produce strong, lightweight materials with specific surface properties July 29th, 2014

Energy

Oregon chemists eye improved thin films with metal substitution: Solution-based inorganic process could drive more efficient electronics and solar devices July 21st, 2014

Steam from the sun: New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam July 21st, 2014

3-D nanostructure could benefit nanoelectronics, gas storage: Rice U. researchers predict functional advantages of 3-D boron nitride July 15th, 2014

Nanotechnology that will impact the Security & Defense sectors to be discussed at NanoSD2014 conference July 8th, 2014

Aerospace/Space

National Space Society Calls For Less US Dependence On Russian Space Technology July 15th, 2014

Motorized Miniature Screw-Actuator Provides 20 nm Resolution, Based on Piezo Effect July 8th, 2014

NSS Pays Tribute to Space Pioneer Frederick I. Ordway III July 7th, 2014

Up in Flames: Evidence Confirms Combustion Theory: Berkeley Lab and University of Hawaii research outlines the story of soot, with implications for cleaner-burning fuels July 1st, 2014

Alliances/Partnerships/Distributorships

SouthWest NanoTechnologies Names NanoSperse as A SWeNT Certified Compounder July 29th, 2014

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering™: Brand-new journal names editor July 29th, 2014

A*STAR and industry form S$200M semiconductor R&D July 25th, 2014

Organometallics welcomes new editor-in-chief: Paul Chirik, Ph.D. July 22nd, 2014

Solar/Photovoltaic

Steam from the sun: New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam July 21st, 2014

Making dreams come true: Making graphene from plastic? July 2nd, 2014

Shrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowires July 1st, 2014

New Study Raises Possibility of Production of P-Type Solar Cells July 1st, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE