Project "Who are we at InnoVentum?"

Julien at Lötschenpass in the Alps

This is the second interview in a series "Who are we at InnoVentum?" of informal conversations with the InnoVentum Team members. Check out the first interview with Jacky Parkhouse here.

Today our focus is on Julien Daligault – one of the long-standing InnoVentum team members who joined us in the early days. He knows everything that there is to know about small wind turbines and hybrid wind-solar installations! Julien, together with Lucas, organised and carried out multiple installations in Sweden and abroad (including the all-important COP22 carports!), he is always creative and often finds solutions that are outside the box. Julien has a lovely sense of humour and keeps the spirits in the team high even when the times are challenging.

Below you will find my interview with Julien.

Introduction: Julien Daligault

Ala Kazlova (AK): Tell us a little bit about yourself – what is your background, family history, education, travels, interests in life – please make a small introduction.


Julien Daligault (JD): Born in France in 82, I spent my first 18 years in the city close to Versailles. After the A-level diploma, I moved to Rennes (Brittany) for 2 years and Swansea (Wales) also for 2 years to finally get a B.Eng in Mechanical Product Design. After 4 years of university, I was accepted to do an internship at UNIDO in Vienna for almost a year. While dealing with various projects related to the lack of energy access in the developing countries, I decided to focus my career on the renewable energy industry. This led me to do a Master in Sustainable Energy Engineering at KTH, Stockholm. For the master thesis, I decided to get out of Europe and ended up spending one year in Hangzhou at the UN branch promoting small hydropower. China was treating me so well that I decided to stay and found the opportunity to do a V.I.E in Shanghai for 2 years for a French company manufacturing parts for megawatt wind turbines and one more year in Yangzhou as a consultant for small wind turbines.

I am married and I have 2 daughters: Chloé and Noémie.

Julien with the family

Working at InnoVentum

Julien at the rooftop installation site at BTH

AK: When did you join InnoVentum?

JD: I joined InnoVentum in 2011 (as the third full-time employee - AK)


AK: Why did you decide to join InnoVentum?

JD: After spending several years on the production side, I was seeking new experience in project implementation. Sigvald gave me directly the opportunity to manage full projects including sales, sourcing for the innovative energy solutions, logistics, installation, commissioning… The approach of using renewable material in a way that was never done before was also very interesting. Having kids was also a good reason of moving back to Sweden “the best country for expat families to raise children” ☺


AK: What is it that you like about your job at InnoVentum?

JD: Possibility to manage various parts of the project. Happy customers after installing our solutions. Travelling and meeting new interesting people.

AK: What would you like to improve in the future?

JD: More team building events!


AK: A couple of words about the team at InnoVentum - please share your thoughts.

JD: Friendly and multicultural team (a concise response by an engineer - indeed, just a couple of words! 🙂 - AK)


AK: What are your top 3 biggest achievements at InnoVentum?

JD: #1_ Installations in remote locations: 2600 m Swiss mountain; top of the hill with no crane access in Manila; small island in Sri Lanka… #2_ Finding serious distributors to promote InnoVentum solutions #3_ Providing reliable green energy to people without access to energy

Julien bringing power to the Philippines

Proust Questionnaire

AK: Now we’ve learnt about your role at InnoVentum, it is time to reveal some aspects of your personality (in a playful light-hearted way, of course)! Please answer some questions of the Proust Questionnaire:

(The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlour game popularised (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.)


AK: 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

JD: Everything comes to you at the right time. Be patient and trust in the process.


AK: 2. What is your greatest fear?

JD: Something happening to my family

Julien trying the Chinese medicine

AK: 3. Which living person do you most admire?

JD: Elon Musk


AK: 4. What is your greatest extravagance?

JD: I recently got a dishwasher machine but I am still used to doing it by hand that I keep cleaning instead of using the machine. I also sometime use Chinese medicine which can be considered extravagant when you see the result.


AK: 5. When and where were you happiest?

JD: My first daughter's birth in 2010, in China.

AK: 6. Which talent would you most like to have?

JD: Playing Chinese music instruments


AK: 7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

JD: Find more time for sports


AK: 8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

JD: Trip to Tibet in 2007 – 51 hours of train from Shanghai to Lhasa and then reaching Everest base camp

Julien with a traditional musical instrument in China
Julien at the Base Camp on Everest

AK: 9. What is your favourite occupation?

JD: Playing with my daughters


AK: 10. What is your most marked characteristic?

JD: Patient


AK: 11. What do you most value in your friends?

JD: Inspiration


AK: 12. Who are your favourite writers?

JD: Clive Cussler

AK: 13. Who is your hero of fiction?

JD: Captain Planet


AK: 14. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

JD: Marco Polo (explorer of Asia)


AK: 15. What is your motto?

JD: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime


AK: Great! Thank you very much Julien.

Captain Planet