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Solar-Powered Plane Wins Clarins Award

The Clarins Men Environnement 2010 prize was awarded to Bertrand Piccard, founder and president of Solar Impulse, last Tuesday night here.

PARIS — The Clarins Men Environnement 2010 prize was awarded to Bertrand Piccard, founder and president of Solar Impulse, last Tuesday night here.

Solar Impulse’s solar-powered plane, flown by André Borschberg, set a record in July by flying higher and longer (more than 26 uninterrupted hours) than any other aircraft of its kind. A second prototype of the plane is slated for completion next year, and in 2013 there will be an attempt to fly it around the world.

Christian Courtin-Clarins, chairman of Groupe Clarins, awarded Piccard the prize in the presence of Jean-Louis Borloo, France’s minister of the environment.