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Tristan Lebleu

Communications Editor

Interviews — November 09, 2018

"The fight against climate change is a moral issue", interview with...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3min read

The effects of climate change on society, the economy and the environment are often mentioned in the future. However, climate change is already having a direct impact on many people, who are forced to flee the degradation of their environment. They are "climate refugees". For nearly 15 years, François Gemenne,...

1000 Solutions — October 19, 2018

Bound4Blue, rigid sails to make air the new fuel

Written by Tristan Lebleu

The Balueiro Segundo is a typical fishing vessel. Built in 2001, this bright red 40m long-liner, belongs to Orpagu (Organización de Palangreros Guardeses), a Spanish organization of longliners. Balueiro Segundo is about to get a radical change: at the end of the year, it will become...

1000 Solutions — October 15, 2018

PowerCorner, the power of sustainable mini-grids for rural villages

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Ketumbeine, a remote village in the northern Arusha region of Tanzania, is 36 kilometers away from the national grid. For years, the 800 inhabitants of Ketumbeine had no access to reliable, clean and safe energy, just like 38 million Tanzanians and still over 1.1 billion people across...

1000 Solutions — October 08, 2018

Who are the 50 first labelled Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

There is still some hope on limiting global warming to 1.5°C, stated a report from the IPCC issued today. It will take a change of “no documented historic precedent” of our economic model, but it can be done. If we don’t, the report outlines the devastating effects on our planet. Indeed, adding just half a...

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,...

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...