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1000 Solutions — November 08, 2019

Solatube, eco-friendly lighting

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

This solution can light interiors with no electricity. In the fight against climate change, the most efficient solutions are not necessarily the most complex ones. Solatube, invented by a lone Australian inventor in the 1980s, has developed a system to bring natural daylight indoors...

Technical Article — November 05, 2019

The burning question: can we maximize waste valorization through...

Written by Expert: Benjamin Demma - 5 min read

Switzerland is among the nations in the world with the highest rate of waste per capita produced. Those that are not recycled, about 50% of the urban waste produced, are valorized through cogeneration. Let 's discover more about this process. In the classification of urban waste production,...

Insights — October 28, 2019

Who are Greta Thunberg's detractors?

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 4 min read

The politicians and industry leaders offended by Greta Thunberg's call for us to “listen to the science” are not just responsible for the inaction in the face of the climate crisis, they are also the ones whose complacency make it possible to legally pollute the air that kills 7 million annually, dump...

News — October 25, 2019

At the Olympic Museum, Solar Impulse Experts champion the...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

For the first time, Lausanne hosted our Experts Challenge event. The Olympic Museum’s walls are covered with pictures of the greatest olympic athletes of all time: from Usain Bolt to Michael Phelps, Simon Biles and Muhammad Ali. But on October 23rd, during one day, the celebrities were not the sports...

1000 Solutions — October 24, 2019

Mobile Aeroponics Farming, growing lettuce the green way

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 2 min read

A new way to grow leafy vegetables, reducing water consumption, carbon emissions with no pesticides. Food waste is not only one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges - accounting for approximately 10% of CO2 emissions - it is also a reflection of a highly inefficient system....

Technical Article — October 14, 2019

Keeping on top of treatment - reviewing your wastewater treatment...

Written by Expert: Dr. Eleanor Raper, Senior Geoscientist at Envireau Water - 5 min read

Wastewater treatment was once an overlooked process but increasingly stringent emission limits mean that wastewater treatment has come to the forefront of business activities. Wastewater discharges are heavily regulated and failure to comply with discharge permits can have severe impacts on business...

1000 Solutions — October 10, 2019

4 Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions to recycle plastics and reduce...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 5 min read

On October 16th, the world’s major players in the plastics industry will gather at K-Fair, “the world’s n°1 trade fair for plastics and rubber” in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event will be an opportunity for the industry to present the latest innovations, discuss current trends in the sector, and roadmaps...

Technical Article — October 04, 2019

Is Machine Learning taking Control in process industry?

Written by Expert: Cosmin Koch-Ciobotaru - 7 min read

The phrase “data is the new oil” (The Economist, 2017) has been around for some years now, stressing the change that we are facing throughout industries: from retail to media and entertainment, from healthcare and personal assistants to transportation and social platforms, the hyper inter-connected...

1000 Solutions — October 03, 2019

UBQ, turning trash into bio-based thermoplastic

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

A solution to reduce waste. Every year, the world generates over 2 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste, mainly composed of food (44%), paper and cardboard (17%), plastic (12%), glass or metal… And that figure is expected to rise to 3.40 billion tonnes by 2050, according to the World...

News — September 27, 2019

LVMH and the Solar Impulse Foundation to find solutions for...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

The partnership between the two entities is part of a global effort from the world’s biggest luxury goods company to put protection of the environment at the core of its priorities, without compromising on financial results. “We prefer acts to pacts” proclaimed Antoine Arnault, LVMH, as he introduced the Future...

1000 Solutions — September 26, 2019

Gjosa, saving water one shower at a time

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

A Swiss startup has developed a new technology capable of reducing both water and energy consumption. In most developed countries, people take access to water for granted. But in some parts of the world, getting clean and drinkable water is a constant fight. According to the WWF, “some...

News — September 24, 2019

How can we tap into hydrogen’s potential to achieve clean, secure...

Written by Expert: Dr. David Snoswell - 5 min read

With more than 10 million metric tons produced annually in the USA, hydrogen production is estimated to be a $100 billion industry. The buzz around conversion of electricity into hydrogen is due to its energy density allowing large amounts of energy to be stored compared to battery and large scale...

News — September 23, 2019

Are we truly capitalists?

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 4 min read

The version of capitalism that has dominated global markets for the last half-century is being rightfully questioned as never before. Whilst over a billion people have been pulled out of poverty over the last generation, our economic system has also contributed to skyrocketing inequalities, social unrest,...

1000 Solutions — September 19, 2019

Shore-to-ship power, reducing the environmental footprint of...

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

This solution can drastically reduce both emission and noise pollution in ports.In 2000, the port of Gothenburg was home to a major technological breakthrough in the maritime industry. It was the first ever port to be equipped with shore-to-ship power by the Swiss-Swedish company ABB.This technology, also known as...

1000 Solutions — September 13, 2019

WEEECAM, tackling the issue of e-waste in developing countries

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

With an entirely new process, from recycling, repairing and treating e-waste disposal, this project creates economic opportunities while protecting the environment. On September 10th, 2019, Apple held its annual conference, unveiling a new set of devices, such as the iPhone 11, a new...