National Press Club

Developers to discuss new solar-powered airplane at Club during its D.C. stopover, June 18

June 13, 2013 | By Herb Perone |

Research and development experts from Solvay S.A., the Belgian chemical company that is developing the Solar Impulse airplane, will explain the science and vision behind the pioneering solar-powered aircraft at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m.

Speakers from Solvay will be George Corbin and Claude Michel. They’ll be joined by Darcy Gentleman, chemist and science communicator at the American Chemical Society.

Solar Impulse, an ultra-lightweight aircraft powered only by solar energy, will arrive at Dulles International Airport on Sunday, June 16, on the fifth leg of its “Across America” coast-to-coast flight. Solvay was its first and main partner.

The news conference will be webcast at