The Solar Impulse Foundation both celebrates and promotes game changing solutions and is a game changing organisation itself. In Adam Woodhall’s Inspiring Sustainability interview with Willem van Hasselt we learn where they are on this exciting, and necessary, journey.
In 2003 global adventurer Betrand Picard decided to prove that you could fly around the world without use of fossil fuel. A 16-year-old Willem saw Betrand speak about his ambitions and was inspired to follow him in delivering a more sustainable world. In 2016, flying the Solar Impulse 2, Betrand fulfilled his ambition, and then launched the Solar Impulse Foundation. In 2018, Willem fulfilled his, by joining the Foundation as Investor Relations Manager.
The Foundation established ‘The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions’ and in the interview we discuss how they are bringing together the main actors involved in developing, financing and promoting products, services and technologies that can mitigate climate change, protect the environment and create clean growth.
If you are an innovator, entrepreneur or investor in cleantech and environmental sustainability, and want to be a member of the Foundation, create your free account on their website. Then you can apply to become a ‘Labelled Solution’: (https://solarimpulse.com/members/subscribe)
Highlights of this episode:
Solar Impulse Foundation online: https://solarimpulse.com/
Connect with Willem on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/willemvanhasselt/
Follow Solar Impulse Foundation and Bertand on Twitter:
Cleantech Venture Day run by Cambridge Cleantech:
Cleantech startups featured:
- Bound For Blue (Rigid Wing Sail System) https://solarimpulse.com/efficient-solutions/bound4blue-wingsail-system-for-fuel-efficiency-in-the-shipping-industry
- REGMAX (Acid regeneration system for pickling steel) https://solarimpulse.com/efficient-solutions-design/regmax
- WooDoo (Reengineered Wood) https://solarimpulse.com/efficient-solutions-design/woodoo
United World College Singapore https://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/
[0:58] What is the Solar Impulse Foundation
[2:20] Examples of cleantech ventures on their platform and who they partner with
[4:00] The genesis of the venture
[8:38] The bigger picture of the foundation
[11:03] How they review if a solution is profitable
[12:20] Why it’s so important to be profitable
[14:24] Dealing with people who don’t care about the environment
[24:08] How Willem was inspired from a young age
[30:00] Bertrand’s quote that WiIlem lives by everyday
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