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1000 Solutions — May 23, 2019

Ecoloo, sustainable off-grid toilets

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

A waterless toilet installation for isolated and water stressed areas. “This is a container of human waste” said Bill Gates while brandishing a beaker of poo, as he got on stage at the Reinvented Toilet Expo event in Beijing. What was the founder of Microsoft doing with human faeces at a...

Interviews — May 17, 2019

What's the future for Carbon Capture and Storage? Interview with...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 7 min read

Could we deal with our carbon emissions challenge by capturing them from industrial facilities or directly from the atmosphere? Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has gained much attention since the IPCC made it a critical technology to avoid significant global warming in their Special Report on...

1000 Solutions — May 16, 2019

E-Raw, bringing design and performance to electric motorcycles

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 2 min read

This electric motorcycle mixes mechanics tradition and technological innovation. For the transport sector - which accounted for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 - there is no doubt that the future will be electric. In the past decade, most of the attention and sales...

News — May 15, 2019

Start-ups pitch clean and profitable tech solutions

Written by UNCTAD - 3 min read

Business solutions to protect our environment and promote inclusive prosperity exist. They simply need to be embraced and supported.This article was originally published by UNCTAD. See the original article here.Protecting the environment is profitable and doesn’t require massive investments, attendees at...

Technical Article — May 14, 2019

How the world is dealing with its e-waste issue?

Written by Benjamin Demma - 5 min read

Electronic circuits require the use of different raw materials, from copper for printed circuit boards and cables to plastic for component casing and insulators. But what are the social, environmental and economic consequences related to the procurement of these materials? This article aims to raise...

News — May 13, 2019

Where can you find the Solar Impulse Foundation at VivaTech?

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

If you are at VivaTech, don't miss the opportunity to discover our labelled solutions,  meet members of our staff and listen to Bertrand Piccard on stage. This week, the entire innovation ecosystem will gather at VivaTech, in Paris. In only 4 editions, the event has managed to become one of Europe’s...

News — May 09, 2019

Event: the role of start-ups in addressing global development...

Written by Julie Conti - 2 min read

On May 14th 2019, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) and the Solar Impulse Foundation will debate the role of start-ups in addressing global development challenges. What role can start-ups play in tackling today's most pressing development...

1000 Solutions — May 09, 2019

Purifaaya, clean water access with no harm to the environment

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 2 min read

A simple and affordable solution to filter water through a ceramic pot without using electricity or burning fuel. When Kathy Kue, an American Harvard student, went to Uganda to teach an all-girls academy in 2010, little did she know that this experience would spark an idea that changed...

News — May 06, 2019

The Solar Impulse Foundation and the European Investment Bank join...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

The Solar Impulse Foundation and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a landmark agreement for the provision of financial advisory services to innovative environmental solutions part of the #1000Solutions portfolio. The advisory process, which helps companies structure their financing strategy,...

Insights — May 02, 2019

Coal once brought Europe together. Now, it’s the turn of clean energy.

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 4 min read

The European project was built upon the premise of safeguarding peace by creating the European Coal and Steel Community. Coming as it did in the aftermath of WWII, Robert Schuman’s plan was truly visionary. As he himself declared, “World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts...

1000 Solutions — May 01, 2019

Sabella, sustainable and reliable electricity from the power of tides

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 2 min read

Underwater turbines could provide renewable energy to off-grid communities who rely on fossil fuels. In most of the roughly 11’000 inhabited islands around the world, power supply is a big issue. As most of them are not connected to the electricity grid, the 730 million island inhabitants heavily rely on diesel...

News — April 29, 2019

Wallonia joins the 1000 solutions challenge

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

The Belgian region of Wallonia partners with the Solar Impulse Foundation to speed up the 1000 solutions challenge, bring Walloon cleantech solutions to the world and help the region achieve its environmental targets.  On Friday April 26th, the Walloon Region announced it will collaborate with the...

Insights — April 26, 2019

To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a Global...

Written by Greg Asner - 4 min read

Earth’s cornucopia of life has evolved over 550 million years. Along the way, five mass extinction events have caused serious setbacks to life on our planet. The fifth, which was caused by a gargantuan meteorite impact along Mexico’s Yucatan coast, changed Earth’s climate, took out the dinosaurs and altered...

Climate Nugget — April 18, 2019

Earth Day 2019 - Technologies to protect biodiversity

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

Discovering individual animals, following their movements, identifying and locating animal and plant species, assessing their habitat, and preventing poaching are just a few examples of actions taken by conservationists to protect our planet’s incredibly diverse biodiversity. Technology is here to help...

Insights — April 17, 2019

3 reasons we should all care about biodiversity

Written by Johnny Wood - 3 min read

This article is published in collaboration with World Economic ForumThe total number of animals has halved since the 1970s in what some scientists have termed the start of Earth’s sixth mass extinction. Seismic eruptions, ice ages, continental collision and asteroid impact are thought to be some of the...