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1000 Solutions — August 08, 2019

h-aero®, a solar-powered helium Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

This solution is safer, offers superior flight endurance, and can carry a larger relative load than conventional drones. Is it a plane? A helicopter? A balloon? Actually, it is all of these. h-aero® is a new concept of flying object which combines the advantages of all three...

1000 Solutions — July 25, 2019

BHEP, reducing costs and environmental impacts of buildings

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

A new generation of buildings designed to create financial, human and societal value. While residential buildings are mostly full during the evening and night, commercial buildings and offices are occupied during the day. This is why occupancy rates of buildings are rarely above 40%, and...

Technical Article — July 23, 2019

Renewable energy: from market penetration to seamless grid integration

Written by Expert: Rubina Singh - 5 min read

The energy landscape is undergoing an unprecedented transformation globally, propelled by the trends of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation. In order to phase out fossil fuels completely and tackle global warming, an important behavioural...

Technical Article — July 22, 2019

How to close the loop on food waste ? Insights into a successful...

Written by Expert: Bénédicte Deryckere - 4 min read

While half of the world still suffers from hunger and our natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce, a shocking 1.3 billion tons of the food produced gets lost or wasted every year; corresponding to 1/3 of the total food production (FAO, 2011).  The...

News — July 18, 2019

Eco Wave Power makes market debut on Nasdaq First North Stockholm

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

The Swedish cleantech company becomes the first Solar Impulse Efficient Solution to complete an IPO.“Passion is the greatest renewable energy source. Passion is something that can definitely take you a long way” says Inna Braverman, as her company is about to get listed on the prestigious Swedish exchange...

1000 Solutions — July 18, 2019

Winnow, empowering chefs to tackle food waste

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

A solution to monitor food waste and help chefs adapt their food purchases. Have you ever felt that guilt at a restaurant when you leave your plate half full or send your meal back to the kitchen because it didn’t please you? Now, imagine the colossal amount of meals served in...

1000 Solutions — July 08, 2019

Sopraloop, a new recycling process for plastic

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

This solution turns non-recycled plastic into insulation material. To successfully transition to a sustainable economy, we must move from linear to circular processes. The concept of circularity is quite simple: “It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the...

1000 Solutions — July 04, 2019

Wattway, on the road to renewable energy

Written by Tristan Lebleu

This new road is a solution to power road equipment in remote locations.As the world continues on its path to electrification, the energy needs will have doubled by the year 2050. The need for clean and renewable sources of energy is rapidly intensifying, and some innovators are looking for new solutions to...

News — July 03, 2019

Why we launched a label and how we implement it

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

Some background on our labelling process and how we ensure its relevance.“Why did you decide to launch a label?” is a question that we get pretty often. And it’s a relevant one, too. After all, when Bertrand Piccard decided to launch the #1000solutions challenge following his round-the-world solar flight, his idea...

News — June 28, 2019

4th Solar Impulse Expert Challenge held in Munich

Written by Chiara Cosenza - 3 min read

24 experts met in Munich to assess the solutions who applied for the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label. The result of the event will be 28 completed assessments.  After the Experts Challenge events held in Paris and Bruxelles, the Solar Impulse expert community has gathered again on June 26th....

News — June 27, 2019

Can technology help reverse climate change? Dive in Good Tech Lab’s...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

Good Tech Lab has decided to explore the frontiers of technology and system entrepreneurship and look at how innovation can help us fight the climate crisis.After 18 months of research, comprising extensive desk research, interviews with 450 innovators and investors from 30 countries on 5 continents, Good...

News — June 27, 2019

Cryonod™ - energy recovery via cryogenics

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

A solution uses pressure loss from pipelines to produce cost efficient and clean cryogenic liquids Natural gas is one of the most common (and cleanest) fossil fuels used in our everyday lives. In the United States, natural gas supplies nearly one-fourth of all of the energy used, according to the American...

News — June 26, 2019

H55, a spin-off from Solar Impulse, sets a new milestone for...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

This two-seater electric plane, co-founded by Solar Impulse's Co-Founder, CEO and pilot André Borschberg, is a perfect example of how new technologies can help us transition to sustainability.  Updated on December, 05th, 2019On Friday, June 21st, a small airplane, the...

News — June 25, 2019

Schneider Electric partners with the Solar Impulse Foundation to...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

The Solar Impulse Foundation announced a new partnership with Schneider Electric, one of the world’s leading companies in Energy Management, Industrial Automation, and Services, through the Schneider Electric Foundation. This partnership was announced by Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse...

Insights — June 21, 2019

Will airline companies cause their own crash?

Written by Bertrand Piccard

The noose is tightening around the air transport industry and only airline companies can untie the knot. They would greatly benefit in the end by becoming actors rather than victims of change. When will they understand?There are two ways to handle adverse circumstances: to try to put up a fight as long as...