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Janvier - Décembre 2016

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    16/12 - 2016

    Dare to be ambitious in 2017

    Very often people believe that pioneers are the ones with new ideas. It’s not true. Everyone can close his eyes for a minute and come back with a lot of new ideas. But will he implement them? No; because... - read more

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    30/11 - 2016

    Morocco: an energy ambassador for emerging economies

    Morocco is a concrete example for emerging countries that solving climate change is a unique opportunity for profit and job creation and not an expensive problem requiring financial and behavioral sacrifices.... - read more

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    16/11 - 2016

    How to “make our country great again”

    Here at COP22, a lot of questions arose about the American policy toward climate change after the recent presidential elections. Could we consider the newly elected President as an opportunity for an ambitious... - read more

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    11/11 - 2016

    The World Alliance for Clean Technologies was launched by the Solar Impulse Foundation at COP22!

    Less than four months after completing with André Borschberg the first solar flight around the world, the Solar Impulse Foundation today launched the World Alliance for Clean Technologies during COP22... - read more

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    07/11 - 2016

    Embracing the clean technology revolution

    Bertrand Piccard: This century’s great adventure from LinkedIn Pulse Fighting climate change is a fantastic opportunity for economical development and quality of life, not only for the environment.... - read more

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    17/10 - 2016

    Is there a clean future for our cities?

    The cities of the future will be big since nothing will be able to hinder their expansion, but they could be clean if we understand quickly enough that energy efficiency represents a new worldwide market,... - read more

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    25/07 - 2016

    An Endless Adventure

    From the beginning, my goal has been to promote the global implementation of clean technologies for a better quality of life. The way I found to make this attractive and visible was to accomplish the first... - read more

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    24/07 - 2016

    My Ups and Downs with Solar Impulse

    As I am about to complete the last leg of the Round-The-World adventure, something I’ve been dreaming of for so long now, many memories of this amazing experience are coming back to me. Here are some of... - read more

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    12/07 - 2016

    How to raise $170 million for a crazy idea

    At the origin of Solar Impulse in 2002, there was no money, no team and no technology. Nothing more than a crazy idea of achieving the first-ever solar flight around the world, with the objective of promoting... - read more

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    01/07 - 2016

    A new world

    The urge to succeed becomes an obsession, but thousands of kilometers and waves still lie ahead of me. At times, I am overwhelmed by bursts of emotion, quickly suppressed by my concentration in the present... - read more

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    23/06 - 2016

    First crossing of the Atlantic with a solar airplane

    For me, Si2 is alive and is an old friend with whom I've lived many crazy experiences to prove futureisclean We want to represent the new world, the world of cleantechs. Because the futureisclean &... - read more

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    23/06 - 2016

    Help me make it through the night

    A tribute to the 1970 song by Kris Kristofferson, for my last night above the Atlantic in Solar Impulse. Happy Birthday Kris! - read more

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    21/06 - 2016

    The Strawberry Moon

    Tonight, as I fly across the Atlantic Ocean in Solar Impulse 2, I will experience a phenomenon that has not occurred in 68 years: the Strawberry Moon. It happens when the summer solstice and the Full Moon... - read more

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    11/06 - 2016

    Liberty and Freedom

    Tonight, around the Statue of Liberty, the Solar Impulse team is celebrating the freedom of flying perpetually, of remaining airborne day and night without fuel. This is the liberty offered to us by modern... - read more

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    29/05 - 2016

    The Future of Aviation

    When my grandfather invented the pressurized cabin and made the first flight ever in the stratosphere in 1931, one of his goals was to demonstrate that it was possible to reach an altitude where fuel consumption... - read more

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    26/05 - 2016

    Here I am Lehigh Valley!

    Here I am Lehigh Valley! That sunset was a wonderful finishing touch to a great cleantech flight from Dayton    Happy to see so many children tonight! W/ #solarimpulse I want to inspire future generations... - read more

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    25/05 - 2016

    Flying to Lehigh Valley International Airport

    I am airborne, flying to Lehigh Valley International Airport with the moon by my side. Goodbye ‪Dayton‬ and thank you for your warm welcome!  Goodbye #Dayton! #solarimpulse engineers did a wonderful... - read more

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    22/05 - 2016

    The Wright Brothers plane in my hand

    The Wright Brothers plane in my hand, our solar plane behind me, and the moon what a magical landing!   - read more

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    20/05 - 2016

    Excited about clean technologies?

    It so happens that we landed in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week, which used to be known as the “oil capital of the world”. So I thought it would be interesting to visit the Phillips Petroleum Company (now know... - read more

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    13/05 - 2016

    A magical flight

    A magical flight. I had the impression everything came into place to allow Si2 and I to fulfill it   - read more

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    13/05 - 2016

    American branch of the Piccard family

    I have a special thought during this flight from Phoenix to Tulsa, ‪Oklahoma‬ for the American branch of the Piccard family founded by my grandfather's twin brother, Jean Piccard, in the 30s. Jean was... - read more

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    12/05 - 2016

    While flying next to Albuquerque

    While flying next to Albuquerque with Si2 and not a balloon, I'm thinking about my dear friends of Balloon Fiesta  - read more

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    12/05 - 2016

    Goodbye Phoenix!

    Goodbye friends and supporters in Phoenix! It was great being back after our stop in 2013 with Si1! It was a warm and friendly welcome!  I am now airborne with Si2! For 17 hours it will be only him and... - read more

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    08/05 - 2016

    Trance-Pacific

    21-24 April 2016 The images of the Pacific are still dancing before my eyes, and I hope they will continue to do so for a long time. The West coast of Oahu Island, under my right wing, still follows me.... - read more

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    04/05 - 2016

    Phoenix, the city of Milton Erickson

    If Phoenix is today the city of Solar Impulse, for decades it was that of Milton Erickson, the inventor of modern hypnosis. The son of a farmer, Erickson, who became a psychiatrist, was the first to use... - read more

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    02/05 - 2016

    Have a good flight to Phoenix

    After my three days flight from Hawaii to California, I am happy to see André Borschberg in the cockpit taking over the controls to fly over to Phoenix. Have a good flight ! - read more

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    24/04 - 2016

    From the cockpit above the Golden Gate Bridge

    From the cockpit of #Si2, #SanFrancisco and the Golden Gate, land of pioneers! pic.twitter.com/bi8H0I81bI — Bertrand PICCARD (@bertrandpiccard) April 24, 2016 - read more

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    23/04 - 2016

    A tribute to pioneering spirit

    Today's flight is a tribute to the work of my father Jacques Piccard. He was a real pioneer of marine ecology who worked to preserve the oceans and the lakes. In 1960, he dove to Challenger Deep with his... - read more

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    23/04 - 2016

    My second night airborne

    Beside Dick Rutan, Steve Fossett, Andre Borschberg and me, which airplane pilot can say: " this is my second night airborne in the same flight"? Bertrand - read more

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    22/04 - 2016

    The first sunset of my flight

    It’s the first sunset of my flight. Until now I had all the energy I wanted from the sun, but now, for the next 12 hours, I’ll need to save the energy of my batteries as much as I can to survive until... - read more

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    12/04 - 2016

    How Clean Technologies Can Improve Health Worldwide

    A guest post from Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman, and Pilot of Solar Impulse and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador   Humans have always been conquerors. But after continents, oceans, the skies and the... - read more

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    05/04 - 2016

    Hawaii, 20 years later

      Some of our dreams do come true. And I’m not talking about my dream of becoming an explorer after having met most of the Nasa astronauts in Cape Kennedy during my childhood. No, it’s something else.   At... - read more

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    09/03 - 2016

    We must, can and will change

    Al Gore was on stage at TED2016 in Vancouver to give a talk about climate change. And he asked three questions: first, “Do we really have to change?”, second, “Can we change?”, and third, “Will we change?”.... - read more

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    26/02 - 2016

    Camille Jousse, French Aviation Hero and Resistant

    I recommend you read the extraordinary story of Camille Georges Jousse, a hero of aviation history who was murdered by the Nazis in 1945.   He was born in Bonvilliers, a small village south of Paris,... - read more

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    12/02 - 2016

    Our Moroccan friends are an example for the world!

    When André Borschberg and I landed in Morocco during our 2012 flight mission, there was only one promise: the construction of the world’s biggest solar thermal power plant was soon to start in Ouarzazate.... - read more

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    08/02 - 2016

    Living the Life of a Refugee

    For once, allow me to talk about my involvement in the World Economic Forum in Davos from another angle than the one of clean technologies. André and I obviously led several of the sessions, in particular... - read more

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    21/01 - 2016

    5 steps towards a clean energy future

    Those who demand an energy policy which guarantees supply security and competitive prices are absolutely right. We can thus ask ourselves why they still disapprove of renewable energies. If we pull these... - read more

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