On Monday, environmental activist Louis Palmer started his world tour with his self-built, solar-powered motor home. At the launch event on the FHNW campus in Brugg-Windisch, there was a varied program for the public.
With a delay of about one and a half hours, the 18 meter long Solar Butterfly arrived in Brugg-Windisch. The downpour and the evening rush hour delayed the arrival, but this did not stop the participants from visiting. With the Solar Butterfly, initiator and climate pioneer Louis Palmer wants to raise awareness of climate change and CO2 reduction among schools and the public around the world. To this end, Palmer will produce reports on sustainable innovations in his TV studio at the Solar Butterfly and publish them via social media and the website. In this way, he plans to visit around 90 countries and travel over 150,000 kilometers over the course of four years. On December 12, 2025, Palmer will arrive in Paris with his vehicle at the 10th anniversary of the UN climate agreement and hand over the solutions of his journey. The Tiny House is made largely of very lightweight and novel ocean plastic. This consists of recycled PET bottles, which were fished out of the sea.
Representatives from business, politics and research
In Brugg-Windisch, Palmer was received by Dr. Markus Dieth, member of the Aargau government, and Dr. Stephan Wartmann, CEO of the BRUGG Group. Both are enthusiastic about Palmer’s commitment and the Solar Butterfly. Dieth emphasized the importance of such pioneer projects and was impressed how one can travel, live and work without CO2 emissions. BRUGG Group CEO Dr. Stephan Wartmann also stressed the importance of new, sustainable innovations. “We are convinced that the ideas and technologies are there. With profound innovations, we can create the energy transition together,” Wartmann explained.
Before arriving, Dr. Peter Morf of the Hightech Zentrum Aargau reported on the history and future of solar power and e-mobility. The nearly 80 visitors from the region, politics and business thus gained an interesting insight into the importance of solar power. Solar power is also the heart of the Tiny House. At the push of a button, it unfolds its 80-square-meter solar wings. With the electricity it produces, Palmer can travel around 200 kilometers a day – without CO2 emissions.
Palmer’s second strike
Palmer already celebrated a world premiere 15 years ago – he was the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered car. With the Solar Butterfly, he will revisit many of the same places to see how they contribute to a sustainable future. “I want to show that there are solutions to climate change,” Palmer says.
BRUGG Group supports Palmers project
The 18-meter-long Solar Butterfly was developed together with the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. With the BRUGG Group, a company from Aargau is also involved in the project. The subsidiary BRUGG eConnect supplies cable solutions and supports the project with its cable know-how. The Windisch-based company develops and produces cable solutions for e-mobility, wind energy and industry. “We are delighted to be able to support this pioneering project with our cable solutions. The fact that the launch event is now taking place with us in Brugg-Windisch is fantastic!”, says David Jägle, Communications Manager of the BRUGG Group.