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The world's largest solar boat sailed past New York's Statue of Liberty in June. © MS Tûranor PlanetSolar

The world’s largest solar boat sailed past New York’s Statue of Liberty in June.
© MS Tûranor PlanetSolar

Two Swiss solar vehicles have spent recent months touring the United States raising awareness of the potential of renewable energy. But how successful have the trips been in generating valuable funds or forging new partnerships? My latest article on swissinfo.ch tries to answer that question.

Check out the related podcast – Solar Flair – to hear interviews with Solar Impulse pilot André Borschberg as well as PlanetSolar CEO Pascal Goulpié.

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The May 2010 issue of Swiss News magazine

I’ve been following the progess of the Solar Impulse for a while now, and my latest article made the cover of Swiss News.

You can read a PDF version here: Solar Impulse_ready for take-off_

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Bertrand Piccard (Solar Impulse) and Andres Wirz (Solafrica)

Green living goes glamorous at the first-ever NATUR Gala, held in conjunction with the fifth annual NATUR Festival and conference in Basel. Highlights include a green fashion show, a former Miss Switzerland and prizes shining the spotlight on sustainability.

Read the whole story here:

http://www.swisster.ch/news/society/green-carpet-basel-event-celebrates-eco-lifestyle.html

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Markku Wilenius, senior vice president of Allianz, looks ahead to 2050

Markku Wilenius, senior vice president of Allianz, looks ahead to 2050.

Apparently, we’re in the age of stupidity. How we get out of it remains to be seen.
Experts from a variety of fields addressed the issue at the fifth annual European Futurists Conference Lucerne (EFCL) on Thursday and Friday. Altogether, about 130 people from 17 nations took part.
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Full of bright ideas: Aldo Steinfeld

Full of bright ideas: Professor Aldo Steinfeld

While children might try to start a fire using sunshine and a magnifying glass, scientists are looking into more rational ways of concentrating and storing solar power. Swiss professor Aldo Steinfeld has been especially inventive.
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The Solar Impulse HB-SIA

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA

After six years of research and planning, Swiss adventurers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will soon take to the skies with the Solar Impulse. Equipped with over 12,000 solar cells and a hefty battery pack, it is the first aircraft designed to fly both day and night without fossil fuel or pollution. Test flights for the prototype are scheduled for this year; a second version should circle the globe in 2012.

Read the whole story here:

http://www.swisster.ch/en/news/science_tech/solar-airplane-unveiled-in-zurich_118-1995992

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