A Solar plane named Solar Impulse will start its world tour this week depending on the weather conditions. The plane will fly for 500 hours and will travel for 35,000 kilometers. One of the international sponsors of the solar plane is Brisa, representing the Turkish private sector. The Project has around 200 international sponsors and around $100 million has been spent over the 12 years. The pilots of the solar plane, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg and Brisa's General Director Hakan Bayman met at the Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi to send off the solar plane on its world tour. Bayman noted that in accordance with the vision of their company, they wanted to sponsor this innovative Project to draw attention to the importance of sustainable energy resources. Bayman met Bertrand Piccard at the Innovation Week organized by Turkish Exporters Assembly in December last year and the company decided to sponsor the tour. Stating that Turkey has a great potential for solar energy, Bayman said that they have invested around $10 million for sustainability in their factory and substantially lowered their carbon emissions. Piccard met the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the innovation week last year and his request for Turkey to become more involved in promoting sustainable energy resources was gladly welcomed by the President. He said that the Project aimed to show that all old and unproductive technologies can be replaced with clean and more productive energy systems, in return, reducing energy consumption by half. He also noted that Turkey has more sunny days then Germany however; the potential is not fully used as Germany's current solar energy use is around 30 percent. Solar Impulse shall visit Oman, India, Burma and China and cross the Pacific Ocean to reach Hawaii and from there on it will cross Europe and will end its tour in North Africa. The governments of countries Solar Impulse will stop at are organizing various campaigns to increase awareness of renewable energy resources. Solar Impulse has 17,000 solar panels and can travel the lowest at 36 km/hr and the fastest at 90 km/hr. Its highest altitude is 8,500 and it can travel minimum at 57 km/hr and maximum at 140 km/hr at this altitude.