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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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23/09 - 2019

Are we truly capitalists?

As I told Heads of States at the recent G7 Summit in Biarritz, something has gone wrong in our economic system. Capitalism is meant to increase capital but what we are doing today is exactly the opposite:... - read more


06/09 - 2019

Cleaning up maritime transport

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... - read more


28/08 - 2019

My speech to Heads of States at the G7 Summit

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... - 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