June 1, 2020
Sustainable Endurans™ HP: one of #1000solutions to change the world
When Bertrand Piccard became the first person to pilot a flight powered entirely by solar energy back in 2016, he could scarcely have imagined where it would lead. Today, the Solar Impulse Foundation (named after his famous plane) is emerging as a sustainability pioneer – most recently through its launch of the #1000solutions to change the world program.
The Endurans™ was named to that list – an achievement we are especially excited about because the reality is that any game-changing solution must also be economically viable if we’re toaccelerate our transition to a carbon-free and sustainable economy. The Foundation assessed all contenders based on three main criteria of feasibility, environmental impact and profitability. These points were highlighted by the expert jurors, who said that: “The solution provides a clear environmental benefit compared to its competitors”; while they also recognized that, “the product is sold at competitive price levels.” As a result, our Endurans™ HP is not only featured on this list but now gets to proudly wear a Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label! This is especially significant because products that bear labels indicating their sustainability credentials will be favoured over those that don’t in future. In fact, here at Endurans we’re a member of the EU taskforce for eco-labelling and eco-design of PV modules and inverters. Ultimately, our Endurans™ backsheet is bringing an extra dimension to solar sustainability through its full recyclability – and this is what’s really exciting. To put that into perspective, by 2050 it’s estimated that there will be enough modules installed on earth to build a staircase to the moon and back. Why solve one problem (by establishing renewable energy) only to create a new one by not being able to re-use the precious material resources used to create these modules?