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News — December 04, 2018

The opportunity cost of an opportunity lost, an Open Letter by...

Written by Bertrand Piccard

Dear COP24 Negotiators,During these next couple of weeks, in Katowice, Poland, you will have to decide on measures urgently needed to ensure the future quality of life on earth for humanity. That is what COP24 is all about. You understand better than most the dramatic consequences of even a small increase in...

1000 Solutions — December 04, 2018

hiLyte, iron batteries bringing clean and affordable electricity to...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

In the clean energy transition, there are many approaches. Large scale complex initiatives are absolutely necessary. But there’s also a strong and urgent need for easy to deploy, cheap and simple projects like hiLyte’s innovative battery.The figures are absolutely staggering: over 1...

1000 Solutions — December 03, 2018

Eco Wave Power, turning the constant power of waves into electricity

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Think of a renewable source of energy that could be harnessed constantly to produce electricity. The sun? Goes down every night. Wind? Stops blowing now and then. Unlike other renewables, wave power is one of the most reliable energy sources on Earth, and could play a major role in the...

News — November 29, 2018

What is COP24 and why does it matter?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

What is the UNFCCC?The UNFCCC, or United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is a mechanism established at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Its end goal is to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system”. In...

News — November 23, 2018

"L’avion qui vole avec le Soleil" par Michèle Piccard

Written by Julie Conti

C’est à l’UNESCO que Michèle et Bertrand Piccard ont présenté le dernier né de leur histoire commune, le livre jeunesse "L’avion qui vole avec le soleil".Le livre retrace l’histoire derrière l’Histoire, allant des grands pionniers du XXème siècle qui ont inspiré Bertrand Piccard...

1000 Solutions — November 22, 2018

SkyBreathe, the fuel coach for pilots

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Without a doubt, aviation has been a key factor of human development and progress. It has allowed humans to travel all around the world and connect with one another. In 2017, over 4.1 billion passengers were carried by the world's airlines. However, for a sustainable future, air transport needs to tackle...

News — November 15, 2018

Cleantech job opportunities from our Members!

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Feel like you could be doing more for the planet? How about joining a cleantech company building a solution to tackle climate change? We asked the 1400 Members of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions to tell us about open positions in their companies.And guess what? There are some pretty amazing...

1000 Solutions — November 13, 2018

Flexibuster, turning waste into energy

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Remember that ending scene from Back to the Future? Doc pulls into a driveway and fills his car tank with trash. Wouldn’t it be nice to generate power from waste? SEaB, a UK-based startup, has developed a solution that does precisely that: turning waste into energy through...

Guest Post — November 12, 2018

Guest Post : "Nature can help us tackle wastewater"

Written by Laetitia Mailhes

Microbiology is nature’s operating system. Through 21st-century technologies such as low-cost DNA sequencing, humans are beginning to understand the secret world of microbes and their potential to help solve our most pressing problem, including mediating humans’ conflicted relationship with our...

Interviews — November 09, 2018

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

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min 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,...

News — October 31, 2018

What my father taught me...

Written by Bertrand Piccard

Most children grow up hearing their parents tell them fairy tales. In my case, it was rather stories about exploration. I was captivated and listened to my father’s accounts of the conquest of the poles, Mount Everest, space and the oceans’ depths. I discovered the stratospheric ascents of my grandfather...

1000 Solutions — October 29, 2018

Woodoo: wood is the new concrete

Written by Julie Conti

“If the 19th century was the age of iron, and the 20th the age of concrete... Then the 21st century will be the age of wood in construction” says Timothée Boitouzet CEO of Woodoo. Architect by profession, this French entrepreneur has replaced his pencils and blue prints by a lab coat to conceive an augmented...

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...

News — October 09, 2018

Bertrand Piccard replies to social media comments - Episode 2

Written by Chiara Cosenza

The series will be published regularly on Bertrand Piccard’s Social Media Channels (Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin) as well as on the Solar Impulse YouTube channel. We will not be able to reply to all the comments and questions but we will select a few of them on a regular basis.In the second episode of this...