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Insights — May 25, 2018

African solutions tackling the continent’s environmental challenges

Written by Tristan Lebleu

A fast growing entrepreneurial ecosystem is tackling the continent’s numerous challenges by leveraging tech and digital. According to a study by Partech Venture - which announced the launch of a 120M$ fund dedicated to African startups in January - 124 startups raised 560M$ in 2017, an astonishing 53% YoY...

News — May 23, 2018

The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label: a new approach to...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Let’s take a quick look back: in November 2017, at the Bonn Climate Change Conference, we launched the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions to bring together the main actors involved in developing, financing or promoting products, services, processes and technologies that protect the environment in a...

News — May 04, 2018

#1000Solutions: the startup community joins our challenge!

Written by Tristan Lebleu

13 years later, Cleantech Open has helped foster the clean tech movement globally, with over 1500 startups accelerated worldwide, who’ve raised 1.2B$, and created over 3000 jobs. Over the past decade, organizations to support cleantech entrepreneurs have been created all over the world. There are numerous...

News — May 04, 2018

Solar Impulse Foundation and UN Environment call on all innovators...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Ending plastic pollution, and more globally “Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns” (Sustainable Development Goal 12), is a challenge we take very seriously at the Solar Impulse Foundation, and many of the members of our World Alliance for Efficient Solutions are tackling this issue (see...

News — April 24, 2018

1000 solutions - Help us make sure they are the right ones

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Obviously, to select a thousand, you need quite a lot more than that to choose from, so you have a whole lot of leg work in simply reaching out and finding them. And then you must identify which should be awarded the Efficient Solutions label, which serves to show to the world that solutions exist that make...

News — April 20, 2018

Earth Day 2018: solutions to end plastic pollution exist

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Every year, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastics escape to our oceans. This overwhelming figure doesn’t mean much to most people, as it is hardly understandable. But the consequences of it on our environment are very clear: “from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from...

News — April 11, 2018

On the road to #1000Solutions

Written by Chiara Cosenza

In April, the Solar Impulse Foundation, Bertrand Piccard and members of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions participated in the inaugural Geneva Climate Show. Members of the World Alliance had the opportunity to meet with investors, display their solution on the  #1000 solutions booth, and serve as...

News — March 31, 2018

Donald Trump agrees to sign Paris Agreement

Written by Chiara Cosenza

In occasion of April Fools' Day, we thought it would be fun to imagine the President of the United States of America, changing his mind and agreeing to sign the Paris agreement and join the global effort toward sustainability. But, is it a joke?We believe this is possible....

News — March 29, 2018

Easter traffic: soon cleaner...but no less annoying

Written by Rémy Kalter

So while we are probably some way from consigning traffic jams to the scrap heap of history, we seem to be moving that way for fossil-fuel powered vehicles and dirty mobility options. So we need alternatives, and that’s why we at the Solar Impulse Foundation have committed to select 1000 clean, efficient and...

News — March 28, 2018

World Alliance members at the Climate Show in Geneva

Written by Chiara Cosenza

Bertrand Piccard will be speaking at the opening and taking part in a panel discussion, and five of our members will be displaying their solutions during the marketplace exhibition. These solutions exist across a range of topics, from an easier and cheaper way to install offshore wind turbines to railway...

News — March 22, 2018

Clean water: continuing a family legacy

Written by Nathalie Berger

But most renewable energy production methods today do not require water to produce energy, and these solutions exist and are financially viable even though they are not yet available at the required scale. Take a company like BlueRise, for example, that has developed an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion...

1000 Solutions — March 20, 2018

MEET A MEMBER: Ludovic Deblois, CEO of Sunpartner Technologies

Written by Nathalie Berger

Ludovic Deblois is the CEO of Sunpartner Technologies, a company that manufactures transparent windows and facade structures with integrated photovoltaic cells. With its headquarters based in France, Sunpartner Technologies is among the first companies to design transparent windows capable of collecting energy...

1000 Solutions — March 19, 2018

Our challenge to Mexico: solutions to make for a cleaner, more...

Written by Rémy Kalter

His trip will include a conference and panel discussion hosted at the Club de industriales, where he will be joined by - amongst others - members of two startups - Sistema Bio and Kinetech Power Systems  - and the main cleantech multiplier in the city, Green Momentum.Kinetech Power Systems have developed...

News — March 12, 2018

Impact finance for cleantech innovation

Written by Rémy Kalter

Research by the Financial Times found that institutional investment funds that observe environmental and social standards “tend to outperform those that don’t by a significant margin”. Indeed, the report goes on to say that anyone foolish enough to have invested in US coal in June 2014 would have lost 85% within...

News — March 08, 2018

Meet a Member: Ezhil Subbian, CEO of String Bio

Written by Nathalie Berger

Ezhil Subbian is the CEO of String Bio, a company that provides a new way of using methane, a common byproduct of natural gas, biogas, and landfill gas, to chemically leverage value-added products such as single cell proteins for animal nutrition and polymers in a profitable way. Based out of Bangalore,...