Mingalaba, Mandalay! Solar Impulse in Myanmar

Solar Impulse and ABB land in Myamnar and celebrate a sustainable future.

Arrival in Myanmar

On 19 March, Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard successfully touched down in Mandalay, Myanmar, completing the 1,408-kilometer journey from Varanasi, India in 13 hours and 29 minutes. Piccard and the rest of the Solar Impulse crew received a warm welcome on the runway:

ABB: Bringing Solar Impulse and solar power to Myanmar

And the next day, Piccard and co-pilot Andre Borschberg received an even warmer welcome from central Myanmar’s remote Tada Oo township. As part of ABB’s Access to Electricity program, a 15-year old effort that brings electrical power and educational and economic opportunities to developing countries, the Solar Impulse co-pilots presented ABB solar battery charging units to residents of some of the 10 villages that will benefit from this program. ABB is working with local NGO partner Pact Myanmar to ensure that more than 3,000 people will now be able to access renewable, reliable power in their villages. “I am very touched and excited about this project,” Piccard commented. “It demonstrates that ABB and Pact make our vision a reality.”

André Borschberg (l) and Bertrand Piccard present villagers from Tada Oo township with solar battery recharging units
André Borschberg (l) and Bertrand Piccard present villagers from Tada Oo township with solar battery recharging units

Watch Solar Impulse land in Myanmar and learn more about what ABB is doing to ensure that rural communities have better access to clean, renewable solar power:

With ABB’s help, Solar Impulse – and solar electricity – are coming to Myanmar

What’s next?

Solar Impulse will be spending a few days on the ground in Mandalay, preparing for the next leg of the round-the-world journey. The Mandalay airport has presented a few special challenges to the Solar Impulse team – it’s the first time the crew has deployed the inflatable mobile hangar, which houses and protects the Solar Impulse at locations where there isn’t a hangar large enough for the plane’s 72-meter wingspan. We’ll be posting more information about this hangar soon – watch this space!

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Connie Hwong

I’m the Global Social Media Manager at ABB. When I’m not busy keeping tabs on the Twitterverse, I look for interesting stories to tell about ABB and great photos to illustrate them with. Prior to joining ABB, I was the Community and Marketing Manager at Gigaom in San Francisco, and I still occasionally dabble as a freelance music journalist. You can also find me exploring new electro and indie music venues or stubbornly trying to prove that it’s possible to ride a fixie around Zurich.
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