The Olympic and Paralympic Games are one of the world’s largest sports events, and the delivery of the Games has more wide-ranging impacts than we could imagine, not on the field of sports alone, but also on society, the economy and other fields. The Games’ influence will go beyond Tokyo, the Host City, extending across Japan and the world. Given the growing momentum for efforts to project the global environment, it is vital that these concerns are fully addressed in the preparations for the delivery of the Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Initiator and Pilot of Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard, publically announced his support for Formula E at the Supercharged show this week.
He welcomed the all-electric car race series and cited them as a leader in raising awareness about electric cars and in showing that they can be as practical and quick as fuel-powered cars.
Supercharged Presenter, Nicki Shields, said: “Formula E is for car racing, what Solar Impulse is for aviation… It’s a new laboratory showing how clean technology can be sexy. It’s not anymore about something that is boring and expensive; it’s something that really attracts the awareness of people. It’s spectacular.”
The Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, completed the first solar-powered circumnavigation of the world last summer.
The solar plane was equipped with 17,000 solar cells and four batteries which were powering four engines.
Bertrand Piccard said: “It feels like science fiction… You look at the sun and you look at your four electric motors turning the propellers and you have no noise, no pollution, no fuel and you know you can fly forever … it’s the wonders and miracles that clean technologies can achieve.”
European energy specialist company IMS Ecubes is partnering with the government of South Sumatra to provide zero-carbon energy infrastructure for the 2018 Asian Games.
The two parties announced their partnership during the European Utility Week Expo in Barcelona, Spain, last week.
The Asian Games or Asiad, is a multi-sport event held every four years gathering athletes from all over Asia, and the second largest sporting event in the world.
The multinational joint venture company IMS Ecubes produces demand responsive, MW-scale hydrogen generation and storage, advanced grid flexibility solutions and zero-emissions mobility solutions, thanks to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.
The Games will be held in Indonesia this year, in the capital Jakarta and in Palembang, which is the capital of the province of South Sumatra.