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Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and Solar Impulse: shaping the future of renewable energy

At Swiss Re Corporate Solutions we admire the risk-taking that comes with a pioneering spirit. As a commercial insurer, we are passionate about using our expertise to help others manage complex risks and to insure what others consider uninsurable. We are proud to be the sole insurance provider and official partner of Solar Impulse, an aircraft that can fly day and night on solar power alone, without any fuel.

Round-the-world flight

On 26 July 2016 Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) completed the first Round-the-World (RTW) solar flight without a drop of fuel, proving that clean technologies can achieve the impossible.

The circumnavigation of the globe, which began on 9 March 2015, concluded on 26 July 2016 when Bertrand Piccard landed in Abu Dhabi. This 17-leg journey took 21 days of flight time and covered over 43,000 km as Si2 crossed Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the USA, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East.

During the pioneering flight, Solar Impulse set 19 world records, including André Borschberg's particularly memorable Pacific crossing, which lasted for five consecutive days and nights.
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has been part of the Solar Impulse adventure since 2012 as its official partner and sole insurance provider.

"The Solar Impulse sponsorship has enhanced the visibility of our company and promoted our positioning as a global insurer committed to sustainability and renewable energy. I am convinced that Solar Impulse's triumph will remind us that Swiss Re Corporate Solutions was part of a historic project that pushed the limits of technology and human endurance," stated Agostino Galvagni, CEO of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions.

What's next?

The Solar Impulse team continues to promote the use of modern clean technologies through the World Alliance for Clean Technologies. In addition, their engineers work on developing solar powered drones, which could fly at high altitude for months, replacing satellites or complementing services in the area of observation and communication.

Flight For the Future: Pioneers in Risk – around the world with Solar Impulse on YouTube

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