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Bertrand Piccard is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. It is in his DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible as he did with his two round-the-world flights, recently in a solar-powered airplane, and before that non-stop in a balloon. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. Since he launched the first flight around the world in a solar airplane, his ambition has been to leverage a pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies and clean technologies. With his dual identities as medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand has become a voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.

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14/02 - 2019

Can growth save our planet ?

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... - read more


20/12 - 2018

The hidden success of COP24

Was COP24 a success? Are the decisions taken up to the challenge? Have the states been ambitious enough? For several days now, everyone has been carrying out an in-depth analysis of the results of the... - read more


04/12 - 2018

The opportunity cost of an opportunity lost, an Open Letter by Bertrand Piccard to COP24 Negotiators

Dear COP24 Negotiators, During these next couple of weeks, in Katowice, Poland, you will have to decide on measures urgently needed to ensure the future quality of life on earth for humanity. That is... - read more


01/03 - 2019

Relive the adventure !

20 years ago, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones took off with the Breitling Orbiter 3 to attempt the first non-stop round the World balloon flight.   It was March 1st 1999. “Baby One More Time” from Britney... - read more


08/10 - 2018

Who are the 50 first labelled Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions?

A solar water desalination plant, a ridesharing app, a biodegradable and hydrosoluble plastic, a solar-paneled car, a multi-material optical sorting machine… These solutions are very diverse and tackle... - read more


13/09 - 2018

The Solar Impulse Foundation and New Energy Nexus join forces to scale cleantech businesses

New Energy Nexus launched the Speedwell Entrepreneurs’ Call-To-Action months ago and gathered 399 signatures of cleantech companies. Today, it is handing them to the Solar Impulse Foundation and its 1000... - read more