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1000 Solutions — September 26, 2019

Gjosa, saving water one shower at a time

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

A Swiss startup has developed a new technology capable of reducing both water and energy consumption. In most developed countries, people take access to water for granted. But in some parts of the world, getting clean and drinkable water is a constant fight. According to the WWF, “some...

News — September 24, 2019

How can we tap into hydrogen’s potential to achieve clean, secure...

Written by Expert: Dr. David Snoswell - 5 min read

With more than 10 million metric tons produced annually in the USA, hydrogen production is estimated to be a $100 billion industry. The buzz around conversion of electricity into hydrogen is due to its energy density allowing large amounts of energy to be stored compared to battery and large scale...

News — September 23, 2019

Are we truly capitalists?

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 4 min read

The version of capitalism that has dominated global markets for the last half-century is being rightfully questioned as never before. Whilst over a billion people have been pulled out of poverty over the last generation, our economic system has also contributed to skyrocketing inequalities, social unrest,...

1000 Solutions — September 19, 2019

Shore-to-ship power, reducing the environmental footprint of...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

This solution can drastically reduce both emission and noise pollution in ports.In 2000, the port of Gothenburg was home to a major technological breakthrough in the maritime industry. It was the first ever port to be equipped with shore-to-ship power by the Swiss-Swedish company ABB.This technology, also known as...

1000 Solutions — September 13, 2019

WEEECAM, tackling the issue of e-waste in developing countries

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

With an entirely new process, from recycling, repairing and treating e-waste disposal, this project creates economic opportunities while protecting the environment. On September 10th, 2019, Apple held its annual conference, unveiling a new set of devices, such as the iPhone 11, a new...

News — September 11, 2019

A Second Life for the Solar Impulse (Si2) Airplane

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Three years after its final landing in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Solar Impulse, the solar-powered airplane in which Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg flew around the world without a drop of fuel, may once again reach for the skies. Solar Impulse SA and Skydweller S.L.U. have signed an agreement for a...

Technical Article — September 09, 2019

Smart Data For A Clean And More Sustainable Future

Written by Sabrina Cipullo - 5 min read

About 30 years ago, controlling home appliances remotely by phone or internet from any location in the world seemed science fiction, today it is a reality. These innovations not only bring a certain level of comfort to the individual but could potentially have a...

News — September 05, 2019

Cleaning up maritime transport

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 5 min read

Three per cent. That is the contribution of the maritime sector to total global carbon emissions. It doesn’t sound all that much for a sector that ensures 90% of world trade and whose ships spend most of their time on the high-seas, out of sight and out of mind, but the predictions for climate change means that...

Technical Article — September 02, 2019

Swiss waste-management policy, a peek behind the curtains of one of...

Written by Expert: Benjamin Demma - 5 min read

Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest per capita waste production in the world. However, thanks to the waste management policies adopted, it is also one of the countries with the highest recycling rates. Let's look at the main points of the waste management policy adopted by...

1000 Solutions — August 29, 2019

PAPTIC®, an alternative to plastic

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

This solution offers an eco-friendly replacement for packaging for retailers and brand owners.  The race to find alternatives to plastics is on. The packaging industry, among others, is investing heavily in innovations to replace our good old plastic bags and wrappings by...

News — August 28, 2019

My speech to Heads of States at the G7 Summit

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 3 min read

Dear President Macron, Excellencies,If I am here today in front of you, it is not because I flew around the world in a solar powered airplane but because I have proof that clean technologies exist and can achieve impossible goals. The good news is that in the field of the environment, these technologies have become...

News — August 23, 2019

Bertrand Piccard at G7 to push ambitious climate action

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

The explorer and pilot of Solar Impulse has been selected by the French government as one of the representatives of civil society that will address the G7, calling for brave policies that will turn the tide in the climate crisis. Bertrand Piccard, who has long advocated for more ambitious...

Insights — August 22, 2019

Inequality is holding all of us back

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 3 min read

On August 26th, 2019, I will be addressing Heads of States and government officials at the 45th G7 summit, in Biarritz, France. This year's edition will focus on fighting inequality in its many forms. Indeed, disparities between the haves and the have-nots is not just a moral issue. Inequality has a...

1000 Solutions — August 22, 2019

Hype, hydrogen taxis to fight air pollution

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

No emissions. No pollution. Could these hydrogen taxis be the future of urban mobility? There is a global consensus that the transport sector needs to be decarbonized. However, the real debate is how the world will achieve this challenge. Most certainly, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles...

1000 Solutions — August 15, 2019

HomeStove, a clean, electricity generating, biomass cookstove

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

HomeStove uses waste heat to generate electricity for phone charging or small lights. When Alexander Drummond and Jonathan Cedar, two camping enthusiasts from NYC, started developing a camping cook stove, little did they know that they would end up building HomeStove, a game-changing...