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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...

1000 Solutions — April 16, 2019

Ambee, the smart mobile sensors for better air

Written by Laetitia Waku

Ambee helps citizens monitor pollution and take actions to avoid the most toxic areasWhat’s the issue?Invented in India to face an ever-increasing air pollution challenge, Ambee is a small, smart, mobile box which is able to measure particulate matter and high data density to better analyze and...

1000 Solutions — April 11, 2019

Nexelia for metal melting, reducing the environmental impact of...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 1 min read

What's the issue? While industrialization and urbanization has skyrocketed in the past century, so has our use of metal, such as steel, iron and cast iron. These elements are massively used in the infrastructure and construction industry, as well as for machinery and automobile. For example, the world’s steel...

News — April 11, 2019

The Experts Challenge Event by Solar Impulse Foundation and BNP...

Written by Sabrina Cipullo - 2 min read

On April 04th, the Solar Impulse Foundation and BNP Paribas, a long-time partner of the Foundation, organised an Experts Challenge Event. The goal of this gathering was clear: assess as many solutions as possible, and build a strong community feeling among the Experts, who are at the...

1000 Solutions — April 05, 2019

WeNow, your eco-driving coach

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 2 min read

This eco-driving coach can help reduce fuel consumption up to 10% What’s the issue?While many topics are still open for discussion, few doubts remain over the fact that cars pollute. First, let’s start with the facts: overall, the transport sector is responsible for 25% of global energy-related CO2 emissions,...

Interviews — April 02, 2019

Investor Focus - Interview with Katya Akulinicheva, SYSTEMIQ

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 5 min read

Looking for new opportunities, giving companies the chance to scale, taking financial risks, supporting companies... Cleantech investors have a crucial role to play in the race to build a sustainable future. In our latest series, we meet with the individuals and companies who are involved in...

1000 Solutions — March 26, 2019

Wagabox, turning landfill gas into energy

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 2 min read

What’s the issue?Our world is choking in trash. With an impressive population growth, globalization and rapid urbanization, the amount of waste generated has skyrocketed. According to a 2016 study by the World Bank, we throw approximately 2 billion tonnes of rubbish, also known as municipal solid waste,...