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News — March 26, 2019

Solar Impulse Foundation and EuroQuity join forces to support...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 2 min read

The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label is now part of the EuroQuity network, enabling its solutions to access an exclusive business partner and investor matching platform. There are numerous obstacles on a startups’ journey to success, from a company's market fit, to finding the right team,...

News — March 22, 2019

Breitling Orbiter 3 Contest !

Written by Chiara Cosenza

Contest Rules : The winner of this contest will win a COCKPIT B50 TITANIUM - VOLCANO BLACKStep 1Share a memory (text or photo) from 1999 using the hashtag #BreitlingOrbiter3 ! The memory (a text, a photo or a video) has to be about something you remember about Breitling Orbiter 3 in 1999...

News — March 21, 2019

My round-the-world balloon flight, or the end of a carefree era

Written by Bertrand Piccard

What were you doing on Sunday, March 21st, 1999? It was such a long time ago! And yet, many of you have told me that you remember that day as if it were yesterday…Exactly 20 years ago, at 6.00am, Breitling Orbiter 3 kissed the burning hot sand of the Egyptian desert as my balloon flight around the world came to...

1000 Solutions — March 07, 2019

K-Ryole, a smart electric trailer for clean and efficient last-mile...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

E-commerce is now part of our everyday lives. We buy pretty much anything in a matter of seconds with a simple click, and we expect purchases to arrive at our doorstep within a few days. But do you know this very convenient habit has major consequences, on both cities and the...

Climate Nugget — March 06, 2019

Future of Farming: How technology is transforming food production

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

Drones, marketplaces, IoT and sensors, blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence… After having radically transformed our everyday lives, all these technological trends are now changing one of the most crucial aspects of our existence: the way our food is...

1000 Solutions — March 06, 2019

International Women's Day: 5 Climate Solutions Founded by Women

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Today is the 108th International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, and strongly focuses on the importance of women involvement in climate action (here’s an article from UNFCCC about the need for more women in fighting climate change: read 5 Reasons Why...

News — March 01, 2019

Relive the adventure !

Written by Chiara Cosenza

It was March 1st 1999. “Baby One More Time” from Britney Spears was the latest hit playing on  the radio and the Nokia 3210 was just released, featuring a Clock, Alarm clock, Calculator and the best mobile game in the World : Snake. In the Swiss Alps, Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard were...

1000 Solutions — February 28, 2019

Joulia-Inline, the energy-efficient shower technology

Written by Anouk Rieben

In the EU, households represent 25% of the final user’s energy consumption. Within this sector, water heating is the second biggest use of energy after space heating (64.7%), it represents  14.5% of the energy use. Taking a hot shower to wake up in the morning or to relax after a long day is part of our...

1000 Solutions — February 21, 2019

Antismog, reduce air pollution with hydrogen

Written by Tristan Lebleu

For over a century, cars have been the symbol of liberty and progress. Since their invention at the end of the 19th century, passenger vehicles have become an essential part of our lives. An estimated 1.1 billion cars are on the road today, and this figure is set to double by 2040....

News — February 15, 2019

Can growth save our planet ?

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 4 min read

In 1901, Henry Dunant was awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize for the establishment of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the adoption of the Geneva Convention. Yet, this Swiss pioneer of humanitarian right faced fierce opposition from the pacifist movement. They believed that creating an...

1000 Solutions — February 15, 2019

SolarSea, the world’s first floating solar farm

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Picture a pristine white-sand beach, surrounded by a clear-blue turquoise sea, and add a few palm trees. The typical description of a tropical island. Ever wondered how electricity is generated on these little paradise lands? Diesel generators, for the most part. “Diesel generators are...

1000 Solutions — February 08, 2019

Cleancup, fighting plastic pollution one cup at a time

Written by Tristan Lebleu

In November 2018, a dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia made the headlines and moved public opinion around the world. What was so special about this 31-foot marine mammal? An enormous amount of plastic waste was found in its stomach, including 115 plastic disposable...

Climate Nugget — February 07, 2019

It’s time for fashion to set bold environmental goals

Written by Chiara Cosenza

The industry is being pointed out as one of the main sources of pollution in the World. Materials, processes, a changing and non-traceable value chain, added to our own consumption behaviour are at the origin of a massive problem.Bold sustainability goals have to be set in order to transform the...

News — February 05, 2019

What's up in 2019 for the Solar Impulse Foundation?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

A year ago, we had just launched the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, which counted only a few Members. A year later, we’ve gathered over 1600 innovators, investors and corporates dedicated to developing, investing in and scaling clean technologies to fast-track the transition to a sustainable...

1000 Solutions — February 01, 2019

iNex Circular, the first circular economy platform for companies

Written by Tristan Lebleu

We produce. We consume. We waste. This linear model of production and consumption has prevailed throughout the 19th and 20th century but has proven to be highly unsustainable. A new model is now emerging to produce goods in a sustainable manner: known as the circular economy, it is described as “a framework...