This week on Watt It Takes: Why one man spent 15 years of his life obsessed with flying a solar airplane around the world.

We'll hear from Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss-balloonist-turned-futurist who co-piloted Solar Impulse, the first solar-electric airplane to navigate the globe.

Piccard's mission was to do the impossible so that he could prove what is possible with renewable energy.

“We gave a new understanding of the level of complexity that renewable energies can solve. If you can fly around the world in a solar airplane, you can do everything,” says Piccard.

Powerhouse CEO Emily Kirsch sat down with Piccard to hear more about the work that went into his historic flight – and about the deep family history that influenced him.

Watt It Takes is a collaboration between Powerhouse and Greentech Media. The series is recorded in front of a live audience at Powerhouse headquarters in Oakland, California. Buy tickets for upcoming events.

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