An advisory board member from UK battery technology firm Britishvolt is attempting to navigate the UK on a battery-powered paramotor.
Britishvolt are sponsoring the Round Britain Climate Challenge – a circumnavigation of mainland Britain by Sacha Dench – known as the ‘human swan’ – in a specially adapted battery powered electric paramotor.
Sacha will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest (and first) flight around Britain in a paramotor. It will also be a first for an electric paramotor.
Orral Nadjari, Britishvolt Founder/CEO: “This is an amazing opportunity to sponsor Sacha as she sets out to underscore the growing, dire consequences of climate change. We are on the precipice of real crisis, and the ‘Human Swan’ will shine a light on what we can all do to attempt to slow the painful effects on our planet. Batteries will be at the very core of the energy transition narrative, without batteries there can be no capture of renewable energy. Britishvolt is proud to part of the move to a low carbon future. We all have our part to play in the transition towards a net-zero future. Power On!”
The expedition is designed to inspire and excite the nation to get involved in tackling the mounting climate crisis in the run up to COP26 by highlighting all the great things that individuals, companies and organisations are doing across Britain to counter climate change.
Sacha and the team will be stopping frequently and meeting real-life climate heroes, their stories will be shared via live video updates from air, ground and underwater. A compilation of the stories discovered will be presented at COP26 in Glasgow in November.
Sacha – UN Ambassador for Migratory Species (CMS), will be launching from the Glasgow Science Centre at the end of June and flying over 3,000 miles anti-clockwise around the coast on a journey that is expected to take up to seven weeks.
A second world record attempt is a mass public call to get at least 140,000 people to sign up to CountUsIn, a global carbon initiative, in a one-month period. On achieving this every participant will be able to download their own Guinness World Record certificate saying they were part of this world record https://www.count-us-in.org/
Sacha Dench said: “I am very thankful to Britishvolt for their sponsorship and support in helping get this important project to fruition. Along with testing the capability of electric flight, I want to capture the imaginations of the young and old, rural and urban, and focus on answers to the climate crisis and encourage everyone, to get involved. Climate change has to be seen as a mountain we can climb, not a dark cloud on the horizon too big to think about.
“My hopes for COP26 are that the whole country shows up, whether in person or in spirit, with the aim of acting, collaborating, sharing challenges and ideas, not just to be seen to be there. I hope that all the decision-makers involved in COP will hear the voices of people from around the country and around the world.”
Image courtesy of Britishvolt.