PRESS RELEASE – 20th August 2021

DesignPro Renewables innovative, hydrokinetic turbine has been attributed the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label following an assessment performed by external independent experts and based on verified standards. It is thereby joining the #1000solutions challenge, an initiative by the Solar Impulse Foundation to select solutions that meet high standards in profitability and sustainability and present them to decision-makers to fast-track their implementation.

DesignPro’s hydrokinetic turbine harnesses the kinetic energy from flowing water found in rivers and estuaries. The unique concept of this device exploits the natural phenomenon that occurs when flowing water comes into contact with an object or obstruction. The compact design makes it simple and cost-effective to deploy without major civil works with installation times as short as 3 hours for a 25kW system.

We are delighted as a company to get further international recognition for our developments within the renewable space. The next stage in DesignPro Renewables termed – ‘Harness the positive+ renew the negative ’ is an exciting evolution that we are looking forward to.

Paul Collins – DesignPro Renewables Managing Director

The “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” label is the first label to assess the economic profitability of products or processes that protect the environment. To receive it, DesignPro Renewables was thoroughly assessed by a pool of independent experts according to 5 criteria covering the three main topics of Feasibility, Environmental and Profitability. All labelled solutions are part of the #1000solutions portfolio and meet high standards in profitability and sustainability. These solutions, including DesignPro’s Hydrokinetic Turbines, will be presented to decision-makers in business and government by Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. The aim of this initiative is to encourage the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and fast-track the implementation of these solutions on a large scale.

Bertrand Piccard


About the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label

One of the first labels for positive impact businesses bringing together protection of the environment and financial viability, the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label is attributed following an assessment performed by external independent experts. In collaboration with renowned institutions, solutions applying for the label must go through a neutral methodology based on verified standards. This label serves as an award for clean and profitable solutions.

About the Solar Impulse Foundation

The Solar Impulse Foundation is dedicated to accelerating the implementation of clean and profitable solutions. Moreover, the Foundation is helping decision-makers in businesses and governments to achieve their environmental targets and adopt more ambitious energy policies, which are necessary to pull these solutions to market. A way to carry the success of the first solar-powered flight around the world further.

About DesignPro Renewables

DesignPro Renewables is developing a range of innovative hydrokinetic turbines that can harness clean, predictable energy from flowing water found in rivers and estuaries. The project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 766499. It is a sister company to DesignPro Automation which specialises in Automation and custom machine build services.