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Who are the 50 first labelled Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions?


A solar water desalination plant, a ridesharing app, a biodegradable and hydrosoluble plastic, a solar-paneled car, a multi-material optical sorting machine… These solutions are very diverse and tackle many different issues. Each of these solutions, developed by startups or large corporates, have a proven positive impact on the environment, from reducing CO2 consumption, reducing waste, or improving recycling processes. 

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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 degree to that 1.5℃ threshold could have disastrous consequences on the world’s population.

At the Solar Impulse Foundation, we do not have the solution. But we might have a few solutions. A few months ago, we launched of the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label. Since then, hundreds of Members of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions have submitted their projects to receive the label set up by Bertrand Piccard. Experts have then closely assessed these companies looking at three main criteria: Their economic profitability, technological feasibility, and environmental and socio-economic impact.

We are proud to present the 50 first labelled Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions:


SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation


Kelda Technology


Company: Kelda Technology
Pitch: Halve the amount of water used by your shower without diminishing the experience

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Water SMART Blue Building


Company: Ecosoftt
Pitch: A suite of solutions to allow underserved communities to manage their water resources.

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OSMOSUN® Sea Water & Brackish Water


Company: Mascara Renewable Water
Pitch: Battery-free, solar desalination solution, supplying affordable freshwater to remote communities

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WATA™ technology


Company: Fondation Antenna
Pitch: Devices to locally produce sodium hypochlorite for water treatment and disinfection purposes

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Bio Dispersis LC


Company: Eco Biosis
Pitch: Recycle vinasse, a polluting residue from the alcohol industry, into organic additives for concrete

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SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy


X-Sol 100


Company: Simply Solar
Pitch: Resistant and low-cost solar water heater using special plastic materials.

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25kW Low-to-Medium Temperature Stirling Engine


Company: Cool Energy, Inc.
Pitch: Stirling Engine modules to generate clean electricity from waste heat locally.

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Qpinch Chemical Heat Transformer


Company: Qpinch
Pitch: Capture waste heat and release at a higher temperature through a physico-chemical reaction.

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BS2 Zeleganz


Company: BS2 AG
Pitch: All-in-one energy system for emission-free buildings.

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low-cost SUBSTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY FOR OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES


Company: ESTEYCO S.A.P.
Pitch: Bottom-fixed offshore turbine prototype that can be installed safely, simply and without cranes.

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District Cooling Systems as backbone of smart city


Company: Engie
Pitch: Integrated chilled water production system for efficient cooling of buildings in cities.

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BASIL


Company: Basil Energetics Private Limited
Pitch: Fully-integrated rooftop solar and a nano-grid to power IoT-ready DC home appliances.

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Heat recovery system for refrigeration equipment


Company: Boostherm
Pitch: A module to recover all waste heat from cooling systems to heat water to 55°C or more, cost-free.

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PowerCorner – Engie’s Mini-Grid initiative for off-grid areas in Africa


Company: Engie
Pitch: Mini-grids for affordable, reliable, sustainable energy-services for rural and off-grid populations.

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Renewable gas for industrial burners


Company: Meva Energy
Pitch: Producing renewable gas on-site using low-cost local biomass for industrial burners and process heat.

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Cryo Fuel – production of bio-LNG


Company: Cryo Pur
Pitch: A highly efficient cryogenic process that makes the transformation of biogas into clean fuel for heavy vehicles more affordable and widely applicable.

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Solar space heating


Company: Solar Company
Pitch: Solar-powered air heaters and rock bed thermal storage to heat homes.

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Pyrowatts


Company: Africa Energy Waste
Pitch: A scalable gasifier for decentralised waste management generating ecologically-minded energy.

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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


STARKLAB - TERRAOSAVE


Company: TERRAO (STARKLAB SAS)
Pitch: Increasing air quality while significantly cutting down on energy costs thanks to a technology that recycles the heat of polluting fumes.

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Long range & high bay occupancy detector for lighting control and automation of high warehouses, parking lots, industrial and urban areas


Company: Intelligent architecture LLC
Pitch: Cost-effective occupancy detection technology for large areas such as warehouses and parking lots.

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h-aero™‏ zero


Company: Hybrid-Airplane Technologies GmbH
Pitch: Solar-powered helium Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for versatile monitoring activities.

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WOODOO


Company: WOODOO
Pitch: Molecularly Enhanced Wood Materials.

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bound4blue


Company: bound4blue
Pitch: Wingsail system for fuel efficiency in the shipping industry.

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REGMAX


Company: SUSTEC GmbH
Pitch: Acid regeneration system enabling recovery of waste acid components created through pickling of stainless steel.

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E.S.T. - Dredging robotic system


Company: Environmental Sediment Treatment
Pitch: An environmental and economic dredging solution to help recycle sediment from lake and river beds.

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CLARANOR


Company: CLARANOR
Pitch: Pulsed light packaging sterilization equipment for bioindustries.

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The EcoStock


Company: Eco-Tech Ceram
Pitch: An eco-designed mobile thermal storage solution for industrial waste heat recovery and renewable storage in recycled ceramics.

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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities


Sion


Company: Sono Motors GmbH
Pitch: An Electric Vehicle able to recharge itself through integrated solar panels system.

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AntiSmog


Company: New Eco Technologies - NET
Pitch: Reliably measure and reduce air pollution from vehicles through hydrogen technology.

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SeaZen boat club


Company: Seamagine Eco Navigation
Pitch: A 100% autonomous, license free, solar-powered boat service.

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Hawa Dawa GmbH


Company: Hawa Dawa GmbH
Pitch: IoT sensor network to develop and assess targeted air-quality improvement measures.

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Zify App


Company: Zify
Pitch: A shared mobility solution to change the way people commute.

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WeNow


Company: WeNow
Pitch: A plug-and-play solution to reduce fuel costs and make driving 100% carbon neutral.

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EP Tender


Company: EP Tender
Pitch: A range extender for electric vehicles unlocking affordable and convenient long-distance travel.

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LightFi


Company: LightFi
Pitch: Continuously measure building occupancy to optimize energy use for HVAC and lighting.

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A flood alert and forecasting solution


Company: OgoXe
Pitch: A smart, connected flood alert and forecasting solution to monitor real-time river levels and anticipate flood events.

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Smart Cities through Smart Lightning


Company: SmartNodes SA
Pitch: Dynamic and reactive street lighting system to minimize electricity consumption, light pollution in cities.

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VLT® HVAC Drive


Company: Danfoss A/S
Pitch: Unique AC drive for much more efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning system.

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Recovering heat from CO2 refrigeration systems


Company: Danfoss A/S
Pitch: Standardized, ready-to-install solution for supermarkets to heat buildings or water through waste heat.

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Animeo Connect


Company: Somfy
Pitch: Facade shading management solution for increased energy savings in buildings.

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BoostHEAT 20kW for domestic application


Company: BoostHeat
Pitch: Halve energy consumption for space heating, hot water and air-conditioning in households.

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H3Zoom.AI


Company: H3 Dynamics
Pitch: Autonomous data collection and analytics solution to identify defects on buildings’ exterior façade.

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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


Cycle Feed


Company: Cycle Farms
Pitch: Insect-based feed for West African tilapia farmers.

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Agolin® Ruminant


Company: Agolin
Pitch: A blend of high quality plant extracts that reduce methane production in dairy cows and beef cattle.

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RT7000


Company: Recycling Technologies Limited
Pitch: A machine to recycle 'unrecyclable' plastics in an economically viable way.

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FLEXIBUSTER™


Company: SEaB Energy
Pitch: A small-scale, easy to install, and modular designed container to transform organic waste into energy.

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Lactips


Company: Lactips
Pitch: Making biodegradable plastic from waste milk protein for a sustainable packaging alternative.

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Pellenc ST


Company: Pellenc ST
Pitch: Multi-material optical sorting machine to help recycle large amounts of waste quickly and accurately.

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NETRIS


Company: Sensile Technologies
Pitch: A remote monitoring solutions of tanks to improve the efficiency of the supply chain for bulk deliveries based on an innovative telemetry unit coupled with sensors and a cloud solution.

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Sustonable


Company: Sustonable
Pitch: Kitchen countertops from recycled PET bottles.

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THE WORLD ALLIANCE...

The World Alliance brings together the main actors in the field of clean technologies in order to create synergies that will ultimately speed-up the implementation of clean and profitable solutions which have the potential to address the environmental challenges of today.

...FOR EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS

Efficient Solutions are not limited to the production of renewable energy. They encompass products, services, clean technologies and processes that are profitable and sustain economic growth, while protecting the environment and optimising the use of natural resources.