• Oorja

    Packaging Power for Last-Mile Rural Markets

  • Women leaders are playing a critical role in the energy sector, particularly in powering India with renewable energy solutions. They have been agents of changes within their own communities and on the global stage. We thank EnergyNext magazine for recognising the efforts and achievements of these women, including our CTO Clementine Chambon, in their March 2018 edition.

    Read the full interview here.

    Rural Electrification in Action

    Check out this video covering the installation of our first smart solar mini-grid in Uttar Pradesh, India in June 2017.

    Through this alliance with wPOWER, we hope to harness the evidence and best practices disseminated in developing robust entrepreneurial training programs targeting women and empower them through reliable clean energy access.

    Oorja's first mini-grid is now live

    We successfully installed, tested and commissioned a solar-powered smart mini-grid. The installation was completed in early June and it is currently serving 550 people in rural Uttar Pradesh, India. A formal inauguration ceremony took place on June 6, 2017 together with our partners BOS-AG and 40 international guests. Check out some of the press coverage in Hindustan Times, India Today, PV Magazine and Imperial College news.

    In this interview by Sun-Connect News, the leading news platform for the off-grid energy sector, CEO Amit Saraogi discusses the need for an integrated energy policy to bring clean energy access to over 235 million people.

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  • Oorja designs and installs solar-powered mini-grids for businesses, agriculture and community institutions in rural India that lead to improved livelihoods, job creation and access to services.

    One in five of the 1.3 billion people without access to electricity live in India.

    450 million people in India lack access to reliable power, limiting their socio-economic opportunities.

    Access to clean, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is a priority for India's development needs while staying within the climate's limits.

    The market size for decentralised renewable energy solutions in India is $48 billion per year. This is equivalent to 2 GW of generation capacity, which can be met by 10,000 mini-grids with the potential to create 860,000 jobs by 2022.

  • What if we could use some of the 2700 hours of sunshine available each year in India to double the income of smallholder farmers and SME owners while enhancing food security, reducing carbon emissions and accelerating economic development?

  • About Oorja

    Oorja is a for-profit social enterprise founded in 2016. We are a purpose-driven project developer and technology integrator of decentralised renewable energy systems (mini-grids).

    The problem

    Acute energy poverty

    In rural India, over 450 million people face persistent power problems, receiving less than six hours of intermittent, poor quality grid power per day.

    SME owners and households spend up to 30% of their income on polluting and unhealthy fuels, mainly diesel and kerosene, for their energy needs. Lack of reliable energy access hinders economic development, leading to high unemployment and a rural-urban migration crisis.

    The agrarian crisis

    Another major driver of poverty among India's 500 million smallholder farmers is declining crop yields. Because of poor grid supply, millions of farmers rely on operationally expensive diesel pumps.


    Insufficient irrigation leads to declining crop yields and crop failure. This also prevents farmers from intercropping and growing high-value crops, further limiting their meagre opportunities for earning income.

    Our solution

    Productive energy for all

    We deploy solar PV mini-grids that generate, store and distribute three-phrase AC electricity to power "productive" energy uses, that is, income-generating appliances along the agricultural and manufacturing value chains.

    Provision of uninterrupted and affordable electricity enables small businesses and farmers to significantly increase their income by saving on diesel cost, extending working hours and increasing productivity through adoption of energy-efficient appliances.

    A scalable franchise model

    Oorja containerises and franchises mini-grids

    We offer standardised mini-grids packaged together with solar pumps and appliances within a shipping container for ease of installation.


    Mini-grids are owned and operated by local franchisees and women's self-help groups.
    We help franchisees obtain access to finance and act as their EPC partner, providing technical and entrepreneurial training and after-sales service.

    Our impact

    Tackling energy poverty, the agrarian crisis and climate change

    Poverty Alleviation & Employment Affordable and reliable electricity increases income, creates jobs and accelerates economic development, as existing and new businesses can expand and thrive.

    Gender Equity Microenterprise development, job creation and increase in disposable income are fundamental to women’s empowerment.
    Health Clean electricity avoids the burning of kerosene and diesel indoors, reducing the incidence of respiratory diseases and burns.

    Climate Change Replacing fossil fuels through provision of green electricity can save 200 tons of CO2 per mini-grid per year.

    Our pilot location

    Uttar Pradesh, a densely populated and under-electrified state

    Uttar Pradesh is India's most populous state. Nearly 1 in 5 rural Indians live here. It contains some of the most densely populated and underserved districts.


    160 million people (15 million households) receive less than 6 hours of electricity per day.

    • 78% of people in rural areas
    • 120 million smallholder farmers
    • 1.8 million diesel pumps used for irrigation
    • 47% of households are off-grid
    • 23% of electrified households receive four or more hours of evening supply
  • See our work in action

    Watch this video of the installation of a 10 kWp smart solar mini-grid in Uttar Pradesh.

  • Our impact

    We support 12 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    Clean energy is fundamental to poverty reduction and a critical enabler of sustainable development. It empowers people as they seek a whole range of benefits and services: from cleaner indoor air and safer homes, to lives of greater dignity and less hard labour, and to better livelihoods and quality health and education. Access to affordable, clean energy services can transform the lives of youth, women and girls by significantly increasing income when linked to productive activities within their communities.

  • In 5 years, we aim to impact 1 million people and to save 300,000 tons of CO2 - that's equivalent to wiping out the annual emissions of one coal-fired power plant!

    We expect to save 200 tons of CO2 annually for each mini-grid we install by eliminating diesel and kerosene fuel consumption.

  • Oorja’s gender-sensitive approach

    Oorja endeavours to integrate women along the entire energy value chain as sales agents, mini-grid technicians, microenterprise owners and valued employees.

    We believe that each aspect of rural electrification entails livelihood opportunities for women, thereby increasing the income that they can spend on the education and wellbeing of their themselves and their families.

    The inclusion of women’s self-help groups as franchisees to own and operate our mini-grids is under development as a means of improving gender equity. Women are powerful agents of change as they play a key role in supporting their communities in achieving food and nutrition security and quality education, and as they dedicate most of their earnings to the well-being of their families (FAO, 2011). Therefore, by focusing on empowering them, we will amplify the impact of our solution.

  • Team



    My passion lies in using locally available bio-resources as a catalyst to bring about lasting socioeconomic and environmental change.

    CTO & Co-Founder

    Clementine is co-founder and chief technology officer at Oorja, where she is responsible for mini-grid design, installation and construction and technical partnership building. She gained her expertise in cost-effective technologies to harness the power of biomass during her PhD at Imperial College London and she holds a first class Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Clementine's passion lies in using locally available renewable resources as a catalyst to bring about lasting socioeconomic and environmental change.

    I am eternal optimist who want to power every light bulb with renewable energy . I have a vision of a world that is racially diverse but socially integrated, where income inequality is minimal and in which every human being is acknowledged as an intrinsically valuable member of the global human community.

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Amit is co-founder and chief executive officer at Oorja, responsible for business strategy development, supply chain management, fundraising, and partnership building to deploy our decentralized waste-to-energy technology in agrarian rural communities. He has diverse global experience in business consulting, financial services, and development practice. He holds a master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in poverty alleviation from Columbia University and a professional certification in Social Entrepreneurship. Amit hopes to champion decentralized energy systems to reach the most marginalized in society.

    Data Analyst

    Madalsa is a data analyst at Oorja, where she is responsible for techno-economic analysis, mapping of productive energy use cases and conducting emissions and resource analysis. She previously worked as a researcher at the Indian Institute of Science focusing on hybrid off-grid energy systems modeling. Madalsa holds a Bachelor of Technology in Materials Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. She wishes to solve the three-tiered problem of energy access, development and climate change.

    Pushpendra Kumar

    Plant Operator

    Pushpendra is a mini-grid technician and operator at Oorja, responsible for installation, day-to-day operations, maintenance and customer service of our mini-grids. He holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and previously spent one year as a graduate technical apprentice with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, India’s largest power plant equipment manufacturer. Pushpendra also has experience in solar street lighting installation and biomass electricity generation.


    Hugo is a consultant at Oorja, responsible for developing our corporate investment strategy, financial projections and PAYG market research. He previously led the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability agenda for the international division of a global healthcare firm, Bupa, having formerly worked in consulting as an emerging markets investment analyst. Hugo has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and an MA (Oxon) in Human Sciences from Oxford University.

    Engineering Intern

    Martha is a summer intern in Oorja’s engineering team, where she is assisting with mini-grid design and technical research. She is currently finishing a Master’s degree in Regenerative Energy Systems at Technische Universität Berlin. Martha is also a Fellow of the Energy Access and Development Program, an NGO engaged in rural electrification using distributed generation in the Middle East. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in energy and process engineering from TU Berlin.

  • Board of advisors

    Venture Partner, Idinvest Partners

    Fabio Mondini is an international venture capitalist with over 20 years’ experience in 20 countries. He focuses on growth capital investments in the Cleantech sector, where he specializes in renewable energy. Before joining Idinvest Partners, Fabio held roles including managing multi-billion dollar acquisitions at ENEL Group and founded and sold RenEn, a leading Italian renewable energy firm that has deployed over 300 MW of solar projects. He holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from MIT and MBA from INSEAD.

    Managing Partner, Merian Ventures

    Alexsis de Raadt St James is
    an investor and entrepreneur with over 25 years of investment experience. She is the founder and managing partner of Merian Ventures, a US and UK venture-
    capital firm that partners with exceptional female entrepreneurs. Prior to creating Merian Ventures, Alexsis held leadership roles and board seats with companies she funded or founded, senior executive roles in YBA Ventures, Commerce One and Shell International. Alexsis has an MS in Network Economics from MIT, an MBA
    from Erasmus University and a BA from UT Austin.


    De Montfort University

    Prof. Bhattacharyya is an internationally renowned energy specialist with deep knowledge of global energy-environment issues. He specialises in techno-economic, regulatory, and environmental studies of off-grid energy systems for rural electrification in
    developing economies, particularly India. Subhes' research is supported by energy-environment systems modelling and regulatory and investment analysis tools. He holds a PhD and Master's degree in Applied Economics and Energy Economics from UPM France.

    Partner, DBL Partners

    Marc is an active impact investor and director at DBL Partners and has focused on cleantech, energy and advanced technology investments for the past 10 years. He specializes in the clean energy, clean water and semiconductor industries and previously spent 25 years in both venture-backed startups and multinational public companies in Silicon Valley and abroad. Marc is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

  • Partners and supporters

    We are proud to be affiliated with the following programmes and institutions:

    In April 2016 we were awarded Social Innovation of the Year by MIT Technology Review and recognized as one of 10 Innovators Under 35 France.
    We’re happy to announce Oorja is the official Indian partner of Charge, the world’s first Energy Branding Conference.
    Oorja is proud to be a partner of Power for All
    a growing roster of renowned practitioners and ecosystem enablers in the off-grid clean energy space in India to influence critical issues related to policy, financing, training and technology.
  • Blog

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  • Media

    July 2018 - New Statesman

    Professor Philip Nelson, executive chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, says engineering industries can’t afford to let female skills go unnoticed. The contribution of women engineers such as our CTO are recognised in the July issue of New Stateman.

    Read more here...

    July 17, 2018 - Qui Est Vert [FRENCH]

    En cette fin de mois de juillet, nous vous proposons l’interview de Clémentine Chambon, une femme qui voue son métier à la lutte contre la précarité énergétique en Inde et à la transition énergétique.

    Read more here... [in French]

    May 22, 2018 - Imperial College London

    Three researchers have been shortlisted for the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship.

    Read more here...

    May 21, 2018 - Chemistry World

    Oorja's CTO is the 2018 Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year for her work using solar and bioenergy to solve environmental, social and gender challenges in rural India.

    Read more here...

    May 8, 2018 - Royal Society of Chemistry

    Our CTO Clementine was given the award for outstanding contributions to the entrepreneurial application of bioenergy to solving major environmental, social and gender challenges in rural India. Find out more about the other prize and awardwinners here.

    Read more here...

    May 8, 2018 - Imperial College London

    Three Imperial academics have won prizes in this year’s Royal Society of Chemistry Awards, including Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Read more here...

    March 31, 2018 - EnergyNext

    EnergyNext magazine recognises the efforts and achievements of women in the renewable energy sector in India. Read our interview with some of these women, including our CTO, in their March 2018 edition.

    Read more here...

    March 8, 2018 - The Times

    Power supply through clean micro and minigrids is empowering disadvantaged people in remote areas of the world.

    Read more here...

    March 8, 2018 - Raconteur

    Power supply through clean micro and minigrids is empowering disadvantaged people in remote areas of the world. This article highlights the work of SELCO Foundation, MeshPower, Gham Power, Fenix International, the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and others leveraging solutions that could play a significant role in promoting greater democracy of power supply and bringing people out of poverty.

    Read more here...

    February 26, 2018 - Grantham Institute for Climate Change

    To mark International Women’s Day, a Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thon’ has been organised at Imperial College London to create and improve Wikipedia pages about women in science. In this blog, equality advocate Dr Jess Wade, Research Associate in Physics, explains the rationale behind the project, and introduces some of the leading ladies in climate science, including Oorja CTO Clementine Chambon.

    Read more here...

    January 15, 2018 - Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation

    The Ideas to Impact Challenge is a unique platform that brings together university student teams from across the UK to present their innovative ideas to solve some of the big global challenges we face in our societies and positively impact lives of one million people. Oorja's co-founder explains why you should take the challenge in this video. Enter the Ideas to Impact Challenge 2018 here.
    Watch it here...

    November 30, 2017 - wPOWER Hub

    Oorja is delighted to announce its partnership with wPOWER Hub, the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables. Find out more about our joint endeavors in women-end enterprise through clean energy access from our CEO in this spotlight by wPOWER Hub.

    Read more here...

    November 15, 2017 - France Ô [FRENCH]

    Les Témoins d’Outre-mer is a daily show featuring sustainable development initiatives from around the world. Tune in at 45:50 to see Oorja's appearance.

    Watch it here [in French]...

    November 10, 2017 - Imperial College London

    Members of the Department of Chemical Engineering were recognised with two key wins at the 2017 IChemE Global Awards last week.

    Read more here...

    November 2, 2017 - Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

    Clementine Chambon, our CTO and a Bioenergy PhD candidate at Imperial College London, was awarded the Young Researcher Award for her work with communities in rural India at the IChemE Global Awards.

    Read more here...

    October 19, 2017 - Circul'R

    Article by Chloe Lincoln on the energy-gender nexus, featured in the Circul'R blog, a leading network of circular economy startups and companies.

    Read more here...

    October 3, 2017 - Socialter [FRENCH]

    The Ecocircular team will spend a year meeting circular economy companies around the world, including Oorja in India, whom they interviewed in Paris in September. Their goal: to connect innovative projects to large companies, help them develop and inform as many people as possible about this new economy that sees each waste stream as a resource.

    Read more here [in French]...

    August 25, 2017 - Social Capital Markets

    Oorja's CEO Amit is among the 2017 cohort of social entrepreneurs who were selected to receive scholarships to SOCAP17. This group includes 125 promising entrepreneurs who will be coming to SOCAP from 32 countries across the globe.

    Read more here...

    August 7, 2017 - Paris Match

    450 millions d'Indiens vivent sans électricité. L'équivalent de la population de l'Union européenne ! A la tête de la start-up Oorja, primée par le « MIT Technology Review », Clémentine Chambon entend changer les choses. En fournissant de l'énergie verte et abordable aux ménages ruraux de ce pays qui, dans cinq ans, sera le plus peuplé de la planète.
    Read more here [in French]...

    August 4, 2017 - European Institute of Innovation & Technology

    Oorja CTO Clementine interviewed by EIT Alumni Community as part of a series highlighting some inspiring and successful women in the community, to inspire a future generation of women entrepreneurs, and to create a buzz around the opportunities an entrepreneurial education can offer.

    Read more here...

    July 28, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Competition was fierce in each of our photography categories: we received photos from over 200 people in more than 50 countries!

    See the winning entries here...

    July 27, 2017 - The Week

    Homes in UP's Sarvantara village have been electrified, thanks to a social enterprise startup.

    Read more here...

    July 21, 2017 - Amar Ujala [HINDI]

    सात समंदर पार से आकर गांव में रोशनी फैलाई...

    Read more here (in Hindi)...

    July 19, 2017 - Indo-German Energy Forum

    In the scope of the German Energy Agency – dena’s Renewable-Energy-Solution Programme (dena-RES-Programm), IGEF-SO participated at the intelligent DC mini-grid inauguration in Sarvanta village close to Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh.

    Read more here...

    July 17, 2017 - Your Story [HINDI]

    सवा सौ करोड़ की आबादी वाले मुल्क यानी भारत में हर पांचवे में से एक व्यक्ति बिजली की पहुंच से दूर है। भारत के ग्रामीण इलाकों में अधिकांश आबादी बिजली की सुविधा से वंचित है या उन्हें पर्याप्त बिजली नहीं मिल पाती, जिससे उन्हें सामाजिक और आर्थिक विकास के अवसर नहीं मिल पाते और वे विकास की रेस में काफी पीछे छूट जाते हैं। इस स्थिति में उत्तर प्रदेश के सर्वांतर गांव में लगभग 100 घरों में आज बिजली की रौशनी चमचमा रही है। इसका पूरा श्रेय इंग्लैंड की एस्टीम्ड इम्पीरियल कॉलेज की स्टूडेंट क्लेमेंटाइन चैम्बन को देना चाहिए। जिनकी पहल से यह संभव हो पाया।

    Read more here (in Hindi)...

    July 17, 2017 - Creatively Unsettled

    An estimated 360 million to 460 million people in India have little or no access to energy. That’s roughly a third of the people in one of the world’s most populous countries, and more than the United States and Canada’s populations combined. In terms of these raw numbers, India suffers from the most extreme energy poverty in the world. The Sustainable Development Goal no 7 concentrates on this very problem which further affects development at all stages be it education, healthcare or sanitation for that matter.

    Read more here...

    July 14, 2017 - NDTV

    Clementine Chambon, a final year PhD student, has helped connet the homes with a mini eight-kW solar energy grid through her social enterprise start-up Oorja last month.

    Read more here...

    July 14, 2017 - The Better India

    Co-founded in 2015 by Clementine Chambon & Amit Saraogi, Oorja aims to provide access to clean energy to 450 million people without access to reliable electricity in rural India.

    Read more here...

    July 13, 2017 - The New Indian Express

    Clementine is the founder of start-up Oorja that provides electricity through mini solar grids.

    Read more here...

    July 13, 2017 - The Tribune

    Nearly 100 homes in UP’s Sarvantara village have been electrified, thanks to an initiative by a student from the UK’s Imperial College.

    Read more here...

    July 12, 2017 - India Today

    Nearly 100 homes in Uttar Pradeshs Sarvantara village have been electrified, thanks to an initiative by a student from the UK's prestigious Imperial College.


    Read more here...

    July 12, 2017 - Business Standard

    Social enterprise Oorja Development Solutions India Pvt Ltd sets up eight-kW solar mini-grid to provide around 1,000 people with energy for affordable lighting, phone charging and fans to cool homes.

    Read more here...

    July 12, 2017 - Financial Express

    Nearly 100 homes in Uttar Pradesh's Sarvantara village have been electrified, thanks to an initiative by a student from the UK's prestigious Imperial College. Read more here...

    July 10, 2017 - Imperial College London

    Clementine Chambon, a final-year PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, is celebrating the successful installation of an eight-kilowatt mini solar grid in the village of Sarvantara, which is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

    Read more here...

    July 1, 2017 - Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation, ICBS

    Oorja's pilot project and rural electrification research was featured in the July brochure of the Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation. Based out of Imperial College Business School, the Gandhi Centre strives to help improve the performance of global businesses innovating in the social, gender, climate and healthcare sectors.

    Read more here (feature) and here (full brochure)...

    June 14, 2017 - PV Magazine

    German company BOS has installed a smart DC mini-grid in the north of India in cooperation with local partner Oorja Development Solutions Ltd. Since the beginning of June, the first 30 households in India have been connected to a mini-grid system powered by PV and equipped with a hybrid storage facility. In addition to the successful inauguration, the german start up BOS AG has introduced Indian technicians and villagers to the new technology.

    Read more here...

    June 7, 2017 - Hindustan Times

    Sarvantara, a village in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, was in the dark even after 69 years of Independence. But not any longer. On Tuesday evening, they were finally plugged into light with Oorja, a London based social enterprise, launching its 8 kw solar mini grid in the remote Sarvantara village located 46 km north of the Bahraich district headquarters and 159 km from Lucknow, the state capital.

    Read more here...

    June 7, 2017 - Deutsche Energie-Agentur [GERMAN]

    Im Rahmen des Renewable-Energy-Solutions-Programms der dena (dena-RES-Programm) wurde am 6. Juni ein intelligentes Gleichstrom-Mini-Grid in Sarvantara eingeweiht, einem Dorf in der Nähe der Stadt Bahraich im indischen Bundesstaat Uttar Pradesh. Mit Hilfe des Mini-Grids wird der Ort erstmalig mit Strom versorgt. Das Projekt wurde von den deutschen Unternehmen BOS und fosera umgesetzt.

    Read more here [in German]...

    June 6, 2017 - Dainik Jagran [HINDI]

    सोलर एनर्जी से रोशन होगा सरवंतारा गांव

    Read more here (in Hindi)...

    May 31, 2017 - Smart Villages Initiative

    Profile on energy entrepreneur Amit Saraogi by the Smart Villages Initiative.

    Read more here...

    May 30, 2017 - Thomas Reuters Foundation

    A recent study in Science analysed the impact of solar mini-grids in Uttar Pradesh, India, finding that basic supply for lighting was not enough to boost savings, help launch new businesses or otherwise significantly improve people's lives. In this article for Reuters, our CTO Clementine Chambon suggests that larger clean power systems capable of providing enough energy to power businesses throughout the day are needed.

    Read more here...

    May 29, 2017 - Social Enablers

    Our CEO Amit Saraogi has been hand-picked as one of the SE100 list of the most Inspiring Social Enablers around the world. This is a well-deserved recognition for his tireless commitment and leadership to bring social and environmental impact innovatively to BoP communities in rural India.

    Check out the full list of amazing social enablers here.

    May 14, 2017 - Sendea.org

    What would you recommend young entrepreneurs in Asia/Africa in the off-grid solar sector when they start to work: what is the most important skill or talent they need? Interview with Amit, CEO & Co-Founder Oorja Development Solutions (India)

    Read more here...

    May 3, 2017 - Sun Connect News

    Interview with Oorja Ltd., Business Member of Sun-Connect News, the leading news platform for the off-grid energy sector. Oorja's CEO Amit Saraogi discusses the need for an integrated energy policy to bring clean energy access to over 235 million people in communities in rural India and discusses their upcoming pilot launch in June 2017.
    Read more here...

    April 10, 2017 - Rohan Potdar Creative Media

    Creative Media's mission is to use storytelling for social good. This week's Live Hangout featured the co-founders of Oorja on Creatively Unsettled, a blog that helps entrepreneurs and investors tell their social good story.
    Listen here...

    March 24, 2017 - Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast

    Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs is a podcast series where Fergal Byrne interviews changemakers and thinkers from around the world – exploring particular challenges they face and lessons and insights as they grow – to share with and inspire other social entrepreneurs.
    Listen here...

    March 21, 2017 - EcoRéseau Business [FRENCH]

    Cette Franco-Allemande polyglotte de 24 ans qui fait ses études à Londres s’apprête à révolutionner l’énergie dans les campagnes indiennes.
    Read more here... [in French]

    January 31, 2017 - Soon Soon Soon [FRENCH]

    Our CTO Clementine shares her vision of a new world order with universal access to affordable and clean energy to alleviate poverty in this interview.
    Read more here... [in French]

    November 24, 2016 - Mass Challenge UK

    MassChallenge UK, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, today announced the top 20 startups from its 2016 cohort of 100 startups. These 20 startups were selected by a panel of expert judges who evaluated each startup based on their impact and potential for success. The top 20 represent the top 1.5% of startups out of the over 1,300 applicants to MassChallenge UK this year. The Finalists will present at the Mass Challenge 2016 Awards on January 18, 2017.
    Read more here...

    November 18, 2016 - Social Entrepreneur

    In Episode 127, Amit Saraogi and Clementine Chambon discuss their vision of electrifying rural India using waste. Oorja’s biomass and solar-powered micro-grids will soon provide affordable and reliable electricity to off-grid communities in rural India. This podcast is part of the series 'Five Clean Energy Social Enterprises'.

    Listen here!

    November 17, 2016 - BearingPoint Blog [FRENCH]

    Clementine Chambon discusses Oorja's work using a hybrid solution to electrify rural India, as well as her vision for women-led entrepreneurship.

    Read more here [in French]...

    October 17, 2016 - Red Magazine

    Every year, Red Magazine's Women of the Year awards draw attention to celebrate the achievements of women in the UK. Our CTO Clementine Chambon was named as one of the "Women to Watch" this year for her entrepreneurial achievements.

    Read more here...

    September 19, 2016 - CEB News

    News from Clementine Chambon, graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) at the University of Cambridge...

    Read more here...

    August 19, 2016 - Radio Europe1 [FRENCH]

    Michel Grossiord interviews young people driving change in entrepreneurship, sports and culture. Today he interviewed our CTO Clementine Chambon...
    Listen here... [in French]

    July 3rd, 2016 - La Chaîne Info (LCI)

    "Tous Acteurs du Changement", a series on social innovation on LCI Matin Week-end, held an interview with our CTO Clémentine Chambon on 3rd July that was presented by award-winning journalist Sylvia Amicone on French news channel La Chaîne Info (LCI). Watch the interview here...

    May 6, 2015 - Radio France Inter

    Our CTO Clementine discusses Oorja's plans for rural electrification and combating climate change through innovative hybrid mini-grids.

    Listen here... [in French}

    April 20, 2015 - Madame Figaro / Le Figaro [FRENCH]

    Ten French innovators were rewarded on 13th April by MIT Technology Review, which highlights the most innovative start-ups launched by entrepreneurs under 35. Among them, three talented women who are plan to make their mark on the world 
    Read more here [in French]...

    April 20, 2016 - The Good Life [FRENCH]

    La nouvelle tête des énergies green, c’est elle. Son combat pour l’accès à l’électricité verte dans les régions rurales vient d’être récompensé de deux prestigieux prix décernés par le MIT : « Innovator Under 35 France 2016 » et « Social Innovator of the Year ».

    Read more here [in French]...

    April 18, 2016 - Green News Techno n°193 [FRENCH]

    Oorja is awarded Social Innovator 2016 by MIT Technology Review...

    Read more here... [in French]

    April 14, 2016 - MIT Technology Review

    Our CTO Clementine Chambon was named as one of 10 Innovators Under 35 in France by MIT Technology Review. Oorja was awarded Social Innovator of the Year during the award ceremony held in Paris. 

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    April 14, 2016 - L'Atelier [FRENCH]

    Prizewinner of MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 France, Clementine Chambon has developed a hybrid technology solution to electrify rural India with renewable energy. Through Oorja, her team aims to contribute to India's economic and social development. 

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    April 14, 2016 - Le Monde [FRENCH]

    Every year, MIT's prestigious publication MIT Technology Review highlights the best innovators under the age of 35 in several countries, including France. The fourth French edition of the awards, which was held yesterday in Paris, rewarded ten young innovators: seven men and ten women. Of these, two special prizewinners were announced, including the "Social Innovator of the Year" award for Clementine Chambon, co-founder and chief technology officer at Borja. 

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    December 2015 - Imperial Magazine

    A bright idea can take you across the globe, says Imperial College PhD Scholar and winner of the first Althea-Imperial prize, Clementine Chambon.`

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    November 27, 2015 - Imperial College news

    Four teams of students from Imperial College London have won a start-up competition to help tackle global poverty. Supported by Imperial College Business school, the teams will travel to Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India to participate in the second Global Action on Poverty (GAP) summit.

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    November 12, 2015 - WISE Campaign

    Clementine Chambon shortlisted for the WISE Tech Start-up Award, an annual award granted by WISE, a campaign to promote women in science, technology and engineering.

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    Agriwaste to energy

    October 2015 - Pure & Eco India

    In rural India, 45% of households are off-grid and lack access to modern energy. After darkness falls, shops must close, women travel long distance to collect firewood and face an unsafe journey home...

    July 27, 2015 - The Times of India

    We are currently building a prototype and expect to deploy the first biomass-to-energy plant in Bahraich district, UP in 2016.

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    July 21, 2015 - IDEX Accelerator

    IDEX exists is so that we can prepare and train young professionals to have meaningful careers that make an impact in the world. IDEX's alumnus Amit Saraogi ('13) shares his success as a social entrepreneur since completing the IDEX Fellowship.

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    July 13, 2015 - The Huffington Post

    Last month, Echoing Green announced the 14 recipients of the 2015 Climate Fellowship, built in partnership with The ZOOM Foundation. This Fellowship, which recognizes emerging social entrepreneurs working around the world, is specifically targeted for next-generation leaders committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
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    July 8, 2015 - Imperial College London

    An Imperial student has received a Fellowship to support her project to deliver affordable electricity to rural communities in India.

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    May 19, 2015 - Imperial College London

    Recognition for Chemical Engineering PhD student Clementine Chambon for her renewable energy start-up company Borja.

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    May 1, 2015 - The Times of India

    A four-member team that offers to electrify UP villages affordably is arriving for a field study in Bahraich on Friday, where the pilot project will take place. 

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    May 1, 2015 - Imperial College London

    Althea runner-up Clementine talks about coming up with new ideas and the need for business and academia to work together.

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