NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Covestro, a leading supplier of high-tech polymers, presented a session at the second annual Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City, relating a multifaceted innovation story through its involvement as an official partner of Solar Impulse. The session focused on the historic solar-powered flight and its impact on the future of clean technologies, the role of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the value of skills-based volunteerism (SBV).
The Fast Company Innovation Festival is a week-long celebration that brings together extraordinary personalities for surprising talks, hands-on workshops, unexpected performances and behind-the-scenes tours designed to inspire creativity and innovation. This year's theme is "Find Your Mission. Deepen your Purpose." The Festival spans the city's five boroughs, showcasing the most intriguing stories of creativity, innovation, leadership and more. Covestro's session, titled "My Solar Impulse Journey," highlighted the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and innovation. It featured 23-year-old electrical engineer Paige Kassalen, who represented Covestro on the Solar Impulse ground crew, in conversation with Rebecca Lucore, head of CSR and Sustainability at Covestro LLC. Kassalen shared with attendees the excitement of the record-breaking journey and offered an insider's look at the day-to-day workings of the world's first-ever 100 percent solar-powered aircraft as it successfully flew around the world. Covestro's advanced technologies played a large role in transforming Solar Impulse from a vision to reality, helping to create a lightweight and energy-efficient plane that can fly day and night without using a single drop of fuel. Often called a "flying clean tech laboratory," Solar Impulse was constructed using Covestro's state-of-the art polyurethanes, polycarbonates and coatings throughout the cockpit, windshield and wings.