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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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21/06 - 2019

Will airline companies cause their own crash?

The noose is tightening around the air transport industry and only airline companies can untie the knot. They would greatly benefit in the end by becoming actors rather than victims of change. When will... - read more


02/05 - 2019

Coal once brought Europe together. Now, it’s the turn of clean energy.

The European project was built upon the premise of safeguarding peace by creating the European Coal and Steel Community. Coming as it did in the aftermath of WWII, Robert Schuman’s plan was truly visionary.... - read more


21/03 - 2019

My round-the-world balloon flight, or the end of a carefree era

What were you doing on Sunday, March 21st, 1999? It was such a long time ago! And yet, many of you have told me that you remember that day as if it were yesterday... Exactly 20 years ago, at 6.00am, Breitling... - 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