Washington -- The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) announced that Andre Borschberg, one of the pilots and co-developer of the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft, will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.
Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI, said the organisation is "excited to have Mr Borschberg share his experience and the innovative role that polyurethanes play in this project."
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft features several types of specially designed polyurethanes developed in partnership with Bayer MaterialScience.
As previously reported at UTECH-polyurethane.com, a polyurethane foam insulates the pilot and batteries against temperatures as low as minus 4o Fahrenheit (-20o C). A composite polyurethane fibre material is used for the cockpit doors and locks.
Products using the same technology highlighted on Solar Impulse 2 may soon be used in the automotive and refrigeration industries to deliver the similar insulation benefits to consumers, said a CPI press release.
The 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference features 16 sessions and more than 65 papers and will take place on 5 - 7 October in Orlando, Florida.