Solar Impulse 2 concludes global journey in Abu Dhabi

TheSolar Impulse 2 aircraft, which is entirely powered by solar power, has successfully concluded its 16-month journey around the world in the city of Abu Dhabi.

Solar Impulse 2concluded its epic journey on Tuesday morning in Abu Dhabi. The aircraft started its journey in the city in March 2015 and arrived back at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi in the early hours on Tuesday. The aircraft covered 42,000 kilometers flights that were divided into 17 phases.The plane was piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, who flew it from Cairo to the UAE. Piccard was flying the aircraft with fellowSwissAndre Borschberg.

The aircraft weighs 1.5 tons with wingspan of a Boeing 747 and it is powered by 17,000 solar cells and four engines powered by solar powered batteries. The aircraft made new records including André Borschberg's longest flight duration for 118 hours over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii. Another record included Betrand Piccard's crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, between New York and Seville

The journey was taken to encourage renewable energy and proving that solar energy can be used in aviation.