Isle of Man has issued this stamp sheet to commemorate ground-breaking mission to test to the limit clean technologies and the power of renewable energy.On 9th March 2015, after a dozen years of intense research and development, an aircraft took to the skies to begin an almost impossible challenge; Solar Impulse 2 departed from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of its challenge to fly around the world powered only by the Sun. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg set out on the incredible journey with the aim of showing that clean technologies can achieve impossible goals. They wanted to prove that the zero-emissions technology could reduce energy consumption and save natural resources, while demonstrating the potential of renewable energy.More than a year after first taking off, Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Abu Dhabi on 26th July 2016, marking the completion of a world first. Over 17 legs and more than 500 hours in the air, 40,000kms had been travelled without fuel and the globe had been circumnavigated by an aircraft using only solar power for the first time. It had flown at day and night, with Bertrand and André taking turns at the control, stopping off at airports across Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia during the amazing journey.
The regular stops were dictated by the endurance of the pilots as Solar Impulse 2 could, theoretically, fly forever with its energy supplies being constantly replenished through 17,000 photovoltaic cells. With the Isle of Man’s recognised commitment to protecting the environment and supporting the development of zero emissions technology, as shown by its UNESCO Biosphere status, it was with great pride that the Isle of Man Post Office sponsored Solar Impulse 2’s cells 4883, 4909 and 4935, ensuring the Island was a part of this incredible achievement.
Issue Date: 15.10.2016 Designer: EJC Design Illustrator: Jean Revillard Printer: BDT Process: Offset Lithography Size: Stamp: 85.16 x 28.45mm, Sheet: 170 x 75mm Values: £3