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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...

News — September 11, 2019

A Second Life for the Solar Impulse (Si2) Airplane

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Three years after its final landing in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Solar Impulse, the solar-powered airplane in which Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg flew around the world without a drop of fuel, may once again reach for the skies. Solar Impulse SA and Skydweller S.L.U. have signed an agreement for a...

Technical Article — September 09, 2019

Smart Data For A Clean And More Sustainable Future

Written by Sabrina Cipullo - 5 min read

About 30 years ago, controlling home appliances remotely by phone or internet from any location in the world seemed science fiction, today it is a reality. These innovations not only bring a certain level of comfort to the individual but could potentially have a...

News — September 05, 2019

Cleaning up maritime transport

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 5 min read

Three per cent. That is the contribution of the maritime sector to total global carbon emissions. It doesn’t sound all that much for a sector that ensures 90% of world trade and whose ships spend most of their time on the high-seas, out of sight and out of mind, but the predictions for climate change means that...

Technical Article — September 02, 2019

Swiss waste-management policy, a peek behind the curtains of one of...

Written by Expert: Benjamin Demma - 5 min read

Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest per capita waste production in the world. However, thanks to the waste management policies adopted, it is also one of the countries with the highest recycling rates. Let's look at the main points of the waste management policy adopted by...

1000 Solutions — August 29, 2019

PAPTIC®, an alternative to plastic

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

This solution offers an eco-friendly replacement for packaging for retailers and brand owners.  The race to find alternatives to plastics is on. The packaging industry, among others, is investing heavily in innovations to replace our good old plastic bags and wrappings by...

News — August 28, 2019

My speech to Heads of States at the G7 Summit

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 3 min read

Dear President Macron, Excellencies,If I am here today in front of you, it is not because I flew around the world in a solar powered airplane but because I have proof that clean technologies exist and can achieve impossible goals. The good news is that in the field of the environment, these technologies have become...

News — August 23, 2019

Bertrand Piccard at G7 to push ambitious climate action

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

The explorer and pilot of Solar Impulse has been selected by the French government as one of the representatives of civil society that will address the G7, calling for brave policies that will turn the tide in the climate crisis. Bertrand Piccard, who has long advocated for more ambitious...

Insights — August 22, 2019

Inequality is holding all of us back

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 3 min read

On August 26th, 2019, I will be addressing Heads of States and government officials at the 45th G7 summit, in Biarritz, France. This year's edition will focus on fighting inequality in its many forms. Indeed, disparities between the haves and the have-nots is not just a moral issue. Inequality has a...

1000 Solutions — August 22, 2019

Hype, hydrogen taxis to fight air pollution

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

No emissions. No pollution. Could these hydrogen taxis be the future of urban mobility? There is a global consensus that the transport sector needs to be decarbonized. However, the real debate is how the world will achieve this challenge. Most certainly, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles...

1000 Solutions — August 15, 2019

HomeStove, a clean, electricity generating, biomass cookstove

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 3 min read

HomeStove uses waste heat to generate electricity for phone charging or small lights. When Alexander Drummond and Jonathan Cedar, two camping enthusiasts from NYC, started developing a camping cook stove, little did they know that they would end up building HomeStove, a game-changing...

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...