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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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13/07 - 2017

Drop your ballast and change altitude to live a better life

Flying in a gas balloon teaches us to do exactly the opposite of everything we have learned to do in our daily life, and offers us new strategies for innovation, creativity and crisis management. In our... - read more


20/06 - 2017

Solutions, solutions, solutions

For as long as I can remember, climate change and environmental degradation have been framed as a problem to be confronted. It was depressing, then it was boring, and now many of us are just numb to it,... - read more


31/05 - 2017

Correcting an old injustice: carbon pricing

When I was spending holidays in the Swiss Alps during the 60’s, all the residents of the village were taking their garbage in their car to dump them in a valley where a little river was flowing. The waste... - read more


06/09 - 2017

Bertrand Piccard speaks at the International Energy Agency

The IEA has launched a new high-level distinguished speaker series, big IdEAs. Top thinkers, decision makers and global leaders will give talks that are idea-focused on a wide range of subjects that are... - read more


06/09 - 2017

Longtime supporters Solvay continue their partnership with Solar Impulse

  As we strive to find clean and efficient solutions for a sustainable future, we are pleased to announce that Solvay, a key contributor to the success of the Solar Impulse flight around the world,... - read more


18/06 - 2017

Bertrand and André recipients of 2017 Further Award from National Geographic

On the 17th of June, as part of the National Geographic Explorers Festival, Bertrand and André were awarded the 2017 Further Award in recognition of their pioneering solar-powered flight around the world. Click... - read more