I had been looking for it for weeks and finally… It showed up! A favorable weather window, quite short but so enjoyable which made it possible to go back to sea and navigate on board the Solarboat Icade. The main reason for this navigation was to validate the latest modifications made on the prototype and check solar panels were working properly. What a pleasure to be rewarded for our efforts! The sun was missing, but despite this, the 4 Torqeedo batteries (fully loaded the day before) did a great job Continue reading →
The Year 2018 launched with a « Bang ». In the first few days of January the shores of Brittany were swept by storms Carmen and Eleanor with such force that it was impossible to navigate on board the Solarboat Icade as planned. Winds of over 120 km/h teamed with heavy swell have completely changed our program. Nature doesn’t really care about our state of minds and since she always has the last word, we stayed on land.
The Solarboat has been in Brittany for the past few weeks and shown publicly for the first time at the « Breizh Transition » Salon, where it received the visit of our Minister of Ecological Transition and Solidarity, Nicolas Hulot, as well as the one of the famous skipper, Jean Le Cam.
It is actually sitting comfortably in dry dock where it was sanded down prior to receiving a sparkling lacquer, to give it a fantastic look. Next, « Écritures » company will take charge Continue reading →
Last week was reserved for the first tests of the Solarboat, on Neuchatel Lake in Switzerland, making for a very challenging period.
The engineering crew from the CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique) whom, since last June, conceived, created as well as installed the latest solar modules and I, tested the performance of the new panels and checked the reliability of the complete electrical installation. This was truly a dress rehearsal!
I must admit that, till now, when launching on long trips, I usually relied entirely on the faithful Continue reading →
A wonderful partnership was established with ICADE Corporation, just after the summer holidays. « Innovation, mobilization towards sustainable development, community involvement and a desire for human challenge with the objective of pushing one’s limits», were the words of the director-general of the corporation, Olivier Wigniolle, highlighted to explain the cooperation with the Solar Arctic expedition project. As for me, meeting the ICADE Corporation team, revealed enthusiastic staff, convinced that I had been right all along. Everything comes to him who knows to wait, or should I say «who Continue reading →
That’s it! The summer holidays have ended and it’s back to school for the children , while I’m getting more and more ready for the ARCTIC SOLAR expedition. This promises an incredible frenzy, which, oddly enough, had been set aside for the past two months. Now, business appointments have been piling up since the end of August while life is rushing by!
It’s really a good sign. It means that since the last news, some time ago, considerable amounts of water flowed under the bridges as we quietly got ready Continue reading →
“Perseverance conquers everything” as the saying goes. Rather difficult to argue against this old adage, isn’t it? However when things don’t go entirely the way we want them to, that our daily activities are built on battles, and in spite of the energy spent, nothing seems to give reason to our stubbornness, there just come a point when we want to give-up, just to breathe again!
Fortunately, there’s always a little trick that pops up in our head, like a beacon which won’t turn Continue reading →
The long-awaited big News is long in coming and so far, partnerships are not lining up at my door. Yet, just a few weeks back, I was almost jumping with joy as a neophyte would thinking all the tricks are honest.
Fortunately experience taught me not to count my chicken before they’re hatched and I came to realize that is was a wise way to go . My budget today is still the same than yesterday!
Therefore, I keep on meeting people, chewing up the asphalt kilometers, while Continue reading →
Tuktoyaktuk hasn’t changed since my last visit, a year ago. However, three houses at the Kugmallit Point have been washed away, by the erosion. The facts are there, the shore line is being devoured by the ever intense storms that toss huge blocks of ice, destroying everything in its path. The worst of this, is that everyone here is conscious of Natures constant changes. They all know more houses will be destroyed, families will be relocated, but “tomorrow is another day” so Continue reading →