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:
An eco-designed mobile thermal storage solution for industrial waste heat recovery and renewable storage in recycled ceramics.
Halve energy consumption for space heating, hot water and air-conditioning in households
Kitchen countertops from recycled plastic PET bottles
Autonomous data collection and analytics solution to identify defects on buildings’ exterior façade
Prototype in lab
A scalable gasifier for decentralised waste management generating ecologically-minded energy.
innovative telemetry unit
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
Cost-effective occupancy detection technology for large areas such as warehouses and parking lots
EP Tender is a range extender for electric vehicles unlocking affordable and convenient long-distance travel
An Electric Vehicle able to recharge itself through integrated solar panels system
BIO DISPERSIS LC
Recycle vinasse, a polluting residue from the alcohol industry, into organic additives for concrete
A machine to recycle 'unrecyclable' plastics in an economically viable way.
Wingsail system for fuel efficiency in the shipping industry
Smart Street Lighting
Dynamic and reactive street lighting system to minimize electricity consumption, light pollution in cities.
A blend of high quality plant extracts that has been shown to reduce methane production and improve efficiency in dairy cows and beef cattle
A suite of solutions to allow underserved communities to manage their water resources
Increasing air quality while significantly cutting down on energy costs thanks to a technology that recycles the heat of polluting fumes.
A highly efficient cryogenic process that makes the transformation of biogas into clean fuel for heavy vehicles more affordable and widely applicable.
All-in-one energy system for emission-free buildings.
Continuously measure building occupancy to optimize energy use for HVAC and lighting
Capture waste heat and release at a higher temperature through a physico-chemical reaction
Prototype in lab
An environmental and economic dredging solution to help recycle sediment from lake and river beds
IOT flood alert
A smart, connected flood alert and forecasting solution to monitor real-time river levels and anticipate flood events.
Solar-powered helium Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for versatile monitoring activities
Fully-integrated rooftop solar and a nano-grid to power IoT-ready DC home appliances
Standardized, ready-to-install solution for supermarkets to heat buildings or water through waste heat
VLT® HVAC Drive
Unique AC drive for much more efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning system
A small-scale, easy to install, and modular designed container to transform organic waste into energy
District Cooling Systems
Integrated chilled water production system for efficient cooling of buildings in cities
Facade shading management solution for increased energy savings in buildings
Low-cost substructure system
Bottom-fixed offshore turbine prototype that can be installed safely, simply and without cranes
Design a 100% biobased material for a sustainable packaging alternative
Pulsed light packaging sterilization equipment for bioindustries
Devices to enable local treatment and disinfection of water
Heat recovery system
A module to recover all waste heat from cooling systems to heat water to 55°C or more, cost-free.
Multi-material optical sorting machine to help recycle large amounts of waste quickly and accurately.
Mini-grids for affordable, reliable, sustainable energy-services for rural and off-grid populations
Acid regeneration system enabling recovery of waste acid components created through pickling of stainless steel.
A shared mobility solution to change the way people commute.
Halve the amount of water used by your shower without diminishing the experience
Solar space heating
Solar-powered air heaters and rock bed thermal storage to heat homes
Stirling Engine modules to generate clean electricity from waste heat locally.
Hawa Dawa GmbH
IoT sensor network to develop and assess targeted air-quality improvement measures.
Reliably measure and reduce air pollution from vehicles through hydrogen technology
A plug-and-play solution to reduce fuel costs and air pollution by making driving 100% carbon neutral.
Renewable gas for industrial burners
Producing renewable gas on-site using low-cost local biomass for industrial burners and process heat.
Insect-based feed for West African tilapia farmers
Battery-free, solar desalination solution, supplying affordable freshwater to remote communities
Resistant and low-cost solar water heater using special plastic materials.