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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...

1000 Solutions — August 13, 2018

Lactips, a biodegradable alternative to plastic

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 2 min read

The story behind Lactips is first and foremost about the encounter of two different worlds and two complementary people. Frédéric Prochazka, a researcher at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Université Jean Monnet, in Saint-Etienne (France), had developed a...

Insights — August 06, 2018

China, rise of a cleantech giant

Written by Tristan Lebleu

When it comes to environmental protection, China triggers mixed reactions. As the world’s largest polluter, China emits more than a quarter of the world’s global carbon emissions, which is more than  the US and Europe combined. This is essentially due to their considerable use of dirty fossil fuels,...

News — July 25, 2018

Bertrand Piccard replies to social media comments

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.On the first episode of this...

News — July 19, 2018

We are 1000 Members!

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Today was no ordinary day for the Solar Impulse Foundation. Indeed, today marked a big step towards our goal of making our world cleaner and our future brighter. Since the success of the solar flight around the world, we’ve worked day in day out to create the largest community of cleantech innovators, investors...

News — July 10, 2018

Meet a Member: TVP Solar, harvesting the sun for thermal energy

Written by Tristan Lebleu

TVP Solar, founded in 2008 by Piero Abbate and Vittorio Palmieri, designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative solar thermal panels. Less notorious than photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels are also a very efficient alternative to fossil fuels. The main difference of...

1000 Solutions — July 05, 2018

Zify, the daily carpooling app

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 1 min read

In the US, according to the latest American Community Survey, over three quarters (76.3%) of commuters still drive to work alone in their cars. Surely, Americans have an intensive use of their cars, but the figure is still high in Europe: more than half of Swiss commuters (52,1%) drove to work in...

News — June 27, 2018

Who are the Solar Impulse Foundation Experts?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

For the past months, we have been recruiting experts and building this strong community dedicated to evaluating all the solutions submitted by Members of the World Alliance and ultimately deciding if they are granted the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label. Once they receive solutions submissions form,...

Insights — June 22, 2018

Clean energy transition: a massive employment opportunity

Written by Tristan Lebleu

“Each time I speak of protecting the environment to heads of state or government officials, they tell me that it is too expensive. I want to prove them wrong!” said Bertrand Piccard at the launch of the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label in Copenhagen in May.Indeed, protection of the environment has...

Insights — June 13, 2018

Electric, autonomous, and shared: what’s the future of clean mobility?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

In the last century, fast growing urban populations and massive development of mobility have come at a cost. Packed public transport, never-ending traffic jams, polluted cities… Not only these issues have a tremendous negative environmental effect, but they also have a big impact on our economies. Imagine...

1000 Solutions — June 05, 2018

World Environment Day: Solutions to fight plastic pollution

Written by Tristan Lebleu

The Solar Impulse Foundation, and UN Environment have very similar approaches when it comes to protection of the environment: we believe in the importance to highlight solutions rather than problems.This is why a few weeks ago, in collaboration with UN Environment, we decided to launch a call for solutions...

News — June 04, 2018

EU Sustainable Energy Week: the energy transition needs leaders!

Written by Tristan Lebleu

The EU must continue to lead the clean energy transition. In 2017, for the first time, wind, solar and biomass surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to a study by Sandbag and Agora Energiewende. In total, renewable energies generated 30% of Europe's electricity in 2017.While these are good signs...

1000 Solutions — May 31, 2018

Data: the key to make our air great again

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Air pollution is a silent killer. Every year, an alarming 7 million people die due to their exposure to polluted air, according to the World Health Organization’s most recent study on the topic, making it the fourth-largest cause of death worldwide. Globally, 9 out of 10 people breathe air that contains high...

News — May 29, 2018

World Alliance for Efficient Solutions: Why Become a Member?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

COLLABORATE WITH PEERSWe believe collaboration is the key to success. Solutions exist but they are hidden in startups who need business partnerships to implement and scale their technologies. This is one of the key reasons why we created the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions: to...

Insights — May 25, 2018

African solutions tackling the continent’s environmental challenges

Written by Tristan Lebleu

A fast growing entrepreneurial ecosystem is tackling the continent’s numerous challenges by leveraging tech and digital. According to a study by Partech Venture - which announced the launch of a 120M$ fund dedicated to African startups in January - 124 startups raised 560M$ in 2017, an astonishing 53% YoY...