«Climate Talk with Raphaël Domjan»

In 2024, we are spotlighting people who are committed to climate protection and whose actions can serve as an inspiration for others. We are delighted that Raphaël Domjan from Neuchâtel, known for his daring extreme expeditions in which he repeatedly puts the limits of man and technology to the test, is answering our questions today and showing us the potential of solar energy.

How did you become an explorer and adventurer?

I became an explorer and adventurer out of a deep curiosity and passion for discovering the world and pushing the boundaries of what is possible with solar energy. From a young age, I was fascinated by extreme sport and technology, and the idea of sustainable living. In 2001, my brother and I set up the world's first solar-powered internet hosting company. This passion drove me to undertake expeditions that not only test human limits but also demonstrate the potential of solar energy.

What were your previous expeditions' most exciting, happiest, or scariest moments?

Each expedition is filled with moments of excitement, joy, and sometimes fear. One of the most exciting moments was during the PlanetSolar adventure, witnessing a solar-powered boat around the world. The happiest moments often come when a challenging expedition successfully concludes, knowing that we have achieved something significant for both exploration and sustainability. The scariest moments typically involve the unpredictable forces of nature, such as severe weather conditions while at sea during the PlanetSolar expedition in the middle of the south pacific.

Which of your expeditions do you consider the most successful? Why?

The PlanetSolar expedition, where we circumnavigated the globe in a solar-powered boat, stands out as the most successful. It was a groundbreaking journey that showcased the potential of solar energy on a global scale. This expedition proved that renewable energy could power long-distance travel, helping to change perceptions and inspire further innovations in sustainable technology.

You are advocating for Solar Energy. What potential do you see? What boundaries or limitations?

Solar energy holds tremendous potential as a clean, renewable source of power. It can significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are limitations such as energy storage, efficiency, and the need for substantial initial investments in infrastructure. Technological advancements are continuously improving these areas, making solar energy more accessible and practical.

What is ahead? What are your next endeavors?

Looking ahead, my next adventure will be to try to reach the stratosphere with solar energy, a big first. We are also working to sail with a solar boat the lake Titicaca to promote solar energy in this amazing – but threatened – place in South America.

What specifically did you learn during your expeditions that could help us all when tackling the vast problem of the climate crisis?

During my expeditions, I learned the importance of the pioneer spirit and to work with people that follow your spirit. We need to embrace sustainable practices, invest in renewable energy, and work together to create a more sustainable future for all.

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