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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...

1000 Solutions — October 08, 2018

Who are the 50 first labelled Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

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...

1000 Solutions — October 05, 2018

Meet a solution: Sion, the solar-powered car

Written by Tristan Lebleu

The Sion’s main innovation lies in its 330 solar cells, which are integrated on the exterior of the car and capture the sun’s energy throughout the day to provide a boost of up to 30km per day. The solar cells generate a maximum power of 1,204 watts with 24 percent efficiency. As the...

1000 Solutions — September 28, 2018

How to reduce cow’s impact on climate ?

Written by Julie Conti

And things could get much worse in the coming years, as dairy milk and beef global production is increasing every year. Indeed, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) & the FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2027 even projects a significant increase of 22% to the reference...

Guest Post — September 28, 2018

Guest post: "Energy efficiency for all"

Written by Fanyu Lin

Affordable energy efficient solutions for low income households.At present, rising material costs, land availability, a shortage of skilled workers and general construction industry inefficiencies impede both investment and innovation in affordable energy efficient solutions for the underserved and...

Guest Post — September 27, 2018

Guest post: "It's time to scale up the hydrogen economy"

Written by Pierre-Etienne Franc

This month’s inaugural Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco brought together public and private players, large and small, from all over the world to "take ambition to the next level" in our collective efforts to protect the planet.Ambition and action are not just words. There is simply no other path to...

Interviews — September 14, 2018

"Antarctica is the memory of our planet", interview with Robert Swan

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

You have been on countless expeditions to both Poles for the past 30 years. What have these expeditions taught you?Personally, these expeditions have taught me the importance of having dreams and hope. What I learnt by becoming the first person crazy enough to walk to both poles is that if you really do have...

News — September 13, 2018

The Solar Impulse Foundation and New Energy Nexus join forces to...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

“Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet”.This powerful and tragic statement was made by Nathaniel Rich in a brilliant piece published this summer in The New York Times: Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change. How frustrating to think that we could have...

News — September 07, 2018

Boyan Slat is launching System 001 of The Ocean Cleanup

Written by Julie Conti

In 2014, Boyan Slat raised 2.2 million USD to finance his idea of passive concentration system to catch and concentrate plastic pollution in the ocean using currents. This campaign remains to this day the biggest crowdfunding ever made for a non profit organization.The clever and simple concept of The Ocean...

Interviews — August 27, 2018

Which direction is the wind blowing? Current trends and future...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Flying kites, floating turbines, bubble screens, bird detection radars… Many innovations are transforming the offshore wind industry. In recent years, cost reductions have led to a breakthrough in offshore wind. This energy source once considered as risky, unreliable, and costly has gained major attention and...

News — August 22, 2018

Travels in the Land of Common Sense

Written by Bertrand Piccard

We may still think it’s acceptable to produce cold air for air conditioners with electricity from oil-fired generators; to grow crops using chemical fertilizers; and to spray them all with pesticides. But not on the island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia. Spurred on by Marlon Brando's dream of building an...