Enfin les premiers tests grandeur nature…

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! Read more “Enfin les premiers tests grandeur nature…”

Et encore un pas en avant…

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.  Read more “Et encore un pas en avant…”

C’est la rentrée !


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! Read more “C’est la rentrée !”

Marche avant toute !

“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! Read more “Marche avant toute !”

Sur les traces du Père Robert Le Meur

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 the people here prefer to think of the present, whatever it may be. Read more “Sur les traces du Père Robert Le Meur”

When there is a will, there is a way,…

The good news are slow to come by, but such is the lot of any expedition, hoping to learn the treasures of patience in an effort to reach one’s objective.  The Inuit know this so well as they depend on time and the seasons’ eternal cycle.  Their patience goes beyond any philosophical aspect. It is close to a second nature,  even part of their lifestyle.  Like them, I exercise my patience. If I seem to champ at the bit, my hope, every day is to gather sufficient funds to complete the ARCTIC SOLAR project.  Right now, that’s the rub. Read more “When there is a will, there is a way, period!”

Why does times fly by so fast?

Autumn is here already and the seasons now give the rhythm to the Arctic Solar challenge started last Spring.  However, the project is sometimes moving at too slow a pace for me, but at least we’re moving forward.  The changes made to the prototype as well as the refitting are very encouraging.  “Rome wasn’t built in a day” as the saying goes, so we’re moving ahead,  daring sometimes, and re-inventing if necessary in the hope of greater success. Read more “Why does times fly by so fast?”