Bertrand Piccard unveils Climate Impulse, a new flagship for climate action

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Bertrand Piccard and Climate Impulse on the project set-up and the partnership agreement with Syensqo.

After achieving the first circumnavigations of the globe in a balloon and more recently in a solar aircraft, Bertrand Piccard has unveiled on 7 February 2024 his new emission-free project: a green hydrogen powered airplane to fly non-stop around the Earth, demonstrating how concrete solutions can help build a cleaner and more efficient world.

With science company Syensqo (a spin-off from Solvay) as the main partner of this technological, environmental and human adventure, the limits of innovation will be pushed back to enable the development of the airplane, built in France by engineer and navigator Raphaël Dinelli.

Climate Impulse plans to complete in 2028 the first non-stop round-the-world-flight in a green hydrogen powered airplane. After two years of research, development and design supported by Airbus, Daher, Capgemini and with the participation of Ariane Group, the construction of the aircraft has begun and will last two years under the direction of Raphaël Dinelli. Following another two years of testing, this unique aircraft will attempt to fly non-stop all around the Equator with pilots Bertrand Piccard and Raphaël Dinelli. A journey that will push the boundaries of what is possible and aims to restore confidence in scientific solutions for the common good.

The NKF team was led by Corporate/M&A and Technology partner Jacques Bonvin, working with associate Boris Catzeflis (Corporate/M&A and Technology).