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Tristan Lebleu

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1000 Solutions — October 05, 2018

Meet a solution: Sion, the solar-powered car

Written by Tristan Lebleu

The Sion’s main innovation lies in its 330 solar cells, which are integrated on the exterior of the car and capture the sun’s energy throughout the day to provide a boost of up to 30km per day. The solar cells generate a maximum power of 1,204 watts with 24 percent efficiency. As the...

Interviews — September 14, 2018

"Antarctica is the memory of our planet", interview with Robert Swan

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3min read

You have been on countless expeditions to both Poles for the past 30 years. What have these expeditions taught you?Personally, these expeditions have taught me the importance of having dreams and hope. What I learnt by becoming the first person crazy enough to walk to both poles is that if you really do have...

News — September 13, 2018

The Solar Impulse Foundation and New Energy Nexus join forces to...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

“Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet”.This powerful and tragic statement was made by Nathaniel Rich in a brilliant piece published this summer in The New York Times: Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change. How frustrating to think that we could have...

Interviews — August 27, 2018

Which direction is the wind blowing? Current trends and future...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Flying kites, floating turbines, bubble screens, bird detection radars… Many innovations are transforming the offshore wind industry. In recent years, cost reductions have led to a breakthrough in offshore wind. This energy source once considered as risky, unreliable, and costly has gained major attention and...

1000 Solutions — August 13, 2018

Lactips, a biodegradable alternative to plastic

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 2min read

The story behind Lactips is first and foremost about the encounter of two different worlds and two complementary people. Frédéric Prochazka, a researcher at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Université Jean Monnet, in Saint-Etienne (France), had developed a...

Insights — August 06, 2018

China, rise of a cleantech giant

Written by Tristan Lebleu

When it comes to environmental protection, China triggers mixed reactions. As the world’s largest polluter, China emits more than a quarter of the world’s global carbon emissions, which is more than  the US and Europe combined. This is essentially due to their considerable use of dirty fossil fuels,...

News — July 19, 2018

We are 1000 Members!

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Today was no ordinary day for the Solar Impulse Foundation. Indeed, today marked a big step towards our goal of making our world cleaner and our future brighter. Since the success of the solar flight around the world, we’ve worked day in day out to create the largest community of cleantech innovators, investors...

News — July 10, 2018

Meet a Member: TVP Solar, harvesting the sun for thermal energy

Written by Tristan Lebleu

TVP Solar, founded in 2008 by Piero Abbate and Vittorio Palmieri, designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative solar thermal panels. Less notorious than photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels are also a very efficient alternative to fossil fuels. The main difference of...

1000 Solutions — July 05, 2018

Zify, the daily carpooling app

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 1min read

In the US, according to the latest American Community Survey, over three quarters (76.3%) of commuters still drive to work alone in their cars. Surely, Americans have an intensive use of their cars, but the figure is still high in Europe: more than half of Swiss commuters (52,1%) drove to work in...

News — June 27, 2018

Who are the Solar Impulse Foundation Experts?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

For the past months, we have been recruiting experts and building this strong community dedicated to evaluating all the solutions submitted by Members of the World Alliance and ultimately deciding if they are granted the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label. Once they receive solutions submissions form, the...

Insights — June 22, 2018

Clean energy transition: a massive employment opportunity

Written by Tristan Lebleu

“Each time I speak of protecting the environment to heads of state or government officials, they tell me that it is too expensive. I want to prove them wrong!” said Bertrand Piccard at the launch of the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label in Copenhagen in May.Indeed, protection of the environment has...

Insights — June 13, 2018

Electric, autonomous, and shared: what’s the future of clean mobility?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

In the last century, fast growing urban populations and massive development of mobility have come at a cost. Packed public transport, never-ending traffic jams, polluted cities… Not only these issues have a tremendous negative environmental effect, but they also have a big impact on our economies. Imagine...

1000 Solutions — June 05, 2018

World Environment Day: Solutions to fight plastic pollution

Written by Tristan Lebleu

The Solar Impulse Foundation, and UN Environment have very similar approaches when it comes to protection of the environment: we believe in the importance to highlight solutions rather than problems.This is why a few weeks ago, in collaboration with UN Environment, we decided to launch a call for solutions...

News — June 04, 2018

EU Sustainable Energy Week: the energy transition needs leaders!

Written by Tristan Lebleu

The EU must continue to lead the clean energy transition. In 2017, for the first time, wind, solar and biomass surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to a study by Sandbag and Agora Energiewende. In total, renewable energies generated 30% of Europe's electricity in 2017.While these are good signs...

1000 Solutions — May 31, 2018

Data: the key to make our air great again

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Air pollution is a silent killer. Every year, an alarming 7 million people die due to their exposure to polluted air, according to the World Health Organization’s most recent study on the topic, making it the fourth-largest cause of death worldwide. Globally, 9 out of 10 people breathe air that contains high...