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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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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


31/10 - 2018

What my father taught me...

Anniversaries often give us the opportunity to take stock of what we have learned in life. Ten years after my father’s passing on 1st November 2008, I inevitably find myself thinking back on my childhood... - read more


23/08 - 2018

Travels in the Land of Common Sense

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.... - 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


22/06 - 2018

Clean energy transition: a massive employment opportunity

“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... - read more