Beath et al. (2021) , Renewable and Sustainable Energy Transition
Data from residential users of Oorja's solar micro-grid in Sarvantara, Bahraich district, Uttar Pradesh were used to build demand profiles of rural users. The study investigated the benefit in terms of emissions and cost reductions of incorporating health centres as 'anchor loads' within solar micro-grids in India. The modelling indicates integrating rural health centres to domestic mini-grids reduces unit cost and unit CO2 emissions intensity. At 95% of energy demand met, using solar PV and batteries, the unit cost reduces by 30% for smaller and 53% for larger health centres integrated.
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Chambon et al. (2020) , Renewable Energy
This paper presents a techno-economic feasibility case study of biomass gasification in off-grid and grid-connected mini-grids for community-scale energy application in rural Uttar Pradesh, India. Energy demand data was collected by Oorja through surveys in a village with irrigation and agro-processing loads and off-grid households. Solar PV was found to be a cheaper electricity source than biomass gasification. The findings held across grid-connected systems with weak, moderate and strong reliability of grid supply.
Sandwell et al. (2016) , Energy for Sustainable Development
In this paper, Oorja's founders teamed up with researchers to survey BoP rural households in Uttar Pradesh, India. The survey aimed to analyse access to and usage of modern and traditional energy sources. It found that a typical household with kerosene lamps only for lighting spends INR 3243 (US$50.67) and emits 381 kgCO2eq per year.
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Oorja among Access to Energy shortlist for 2021 EI Awards
October 20, 2021 - Energy Institute
Excited to announce our 2021 Access to Energy shortlisters for the EI Awards: Earth Sparks International, Khethworks, KOKO Networks, Oorja Development Solutions Limited, and South Asian Forum For Environment!
Read more here...
Oorja Raises $1 Million in Seed Funding for Agri Solar Solutions
October 12, 2021 - Mercom India
The company aims to deploy 121 solar projects, impacting 6,000 low-income households
FaaS Firm Oorja Secures $1 million in Seed Funding For Its Clean Energy Solutions
October 12, 2021 - Saur Energy International
Oorja, a firm that describes itself as a Farming as a Service (FaaS) operating to connect agriculture and clean energy, has completed a US $1 million (Rs 7.5 crores) Seed funding round.
Oorja secures $1 million in seed funding
October 12, 2021 - PV Magazine
The decentralized solar solutions provider shall use the amount to scale up its pay-per-use, solar-powered irrigation, milling, and cooling projects for farmers and to expand its operations.
Grit and Determination: Rita Devi’s Journey from Homemaker to Oorja's Decentralised Cold Storage Operator
September 30, 2021 - Cisco Agri Challenge / The Nudge Foundation
Rita Devi always aspired to have a better life for the family and quality education for her children.
Oorja is a Sankalp Global Awards Finalist 2021
September 27, 2021 - Sankalp Forum
The 2021 edition of Sankalp Global Awards celebrates social entrepreneurs who are mainstreaming impact, are making a positive impact on society, gaining hands-on experience and networking with a global community. We are delighted to have Oorja as one of the Sankalp Global Awards finalists for 2021.
Agtech is our best bet for a sustainable and inclusive agrarian economy
September 4, 2021 - Gaon Connection
What will agriculture in India look like in 2030? Will we finally be able to make farming profitable for all of India’s 130 million farmers? Or will the vast majority of small and marginal farmers continue to be left behind? The key to these answers lies in the growth of Agtech.
Oorja and BASE join forces to pilot and implement virtual cold chain assistant
July 29, 2021 - BASE
Your Virtual Cold Chain Assistant (YVCCA) is an open source, data driven tool being developed by BASE that aims to provide smallholder farmers access to cold storage through the pay-per-use servitisation model. YVCCA will equip farmers with pre- and post-harvest expertise and market intelligence to secure the best possible price for their produce. Oorja has partnered with BASE as a local implementing partner of the YVCCA solution.
Watch the video showcasing the 50 winners of the UN Best Small Business Competition
July 28, 2021 - United Nations
The UN Best Small Business competition, received 1,781 applicants. Following deliberations, 50 inspiring, diverse and impactful winners were selected, all of whom are working to improve access to healthy, sustainable and equitable food. Check out the winner profiles on the UN Community Page and on the VC4A website.
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3 India-based enterprises among UN Best Small Business winners
July 28, 2021 - The Tribune
Fifty small and medium-sized enterprises around the world have been announced as the Best Small Businesses of the ‘Good Food for All’ competition, held in conjunction with the UN Food Systems Summit.
Inclusive pay-per-use farming services model forsmallholders
July 7, 2021 - CLEAN
Over 100 million farmers in India rely on 9 million operationally expensive and polluting diesel-powered pumps for irrigation. They face volatile fuel prices, low pump efficiency, and frequent engine breakdown, amounting to high irrigation costs of INR 6,000-8,000 per acre per year. Diesel surface pumps often cannot draw water during the dry season (March to June).
Ask an Expert: Amit Saraogi
June 28, 2021 - CLEAN
How can we promote productive uses of decentralised renewable energy among BoP rural consumers? Hear from our stellar CEO Amit Saraogi on the challenges we face and how we convince farmers to adopt solar-powered agricultural services, via CLEAN's #askanexpert series.
Watch it here...
REN21: Renewables Global Status Report
June 15, 2021 - REN21
Our CEO, Amit Saraogi, is a contributor to the world’s only crowd-sourced report on renewable energy, the Renewable 2021 Global Status Report (GSR). It covers policies, markets, and much more, while telling the most up-to-date global story on renewable energy.
Solar-powered cold storage as a service
June 7, 2021 - PV Magazine
Small and marginal farmers in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar are making productive use of solar energy to reduce their losses and increase income, thanks to an innovative pay-per-use cooling service for perishable horticulture produce.
Meet the 10 Finalists for the SEIF Tech Awards for Impact
May 17, 2021 - SEIF
The 10 finalists for the SEIF Awards 2021 Tech for Impact have been selected! Learn more about who they are and how their solution contributes to creating positive change below.
Earth Day Network Profile: Oorja Development Solutions
May 7, 2021 - Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network-India congratulates Oorja Development Solutions Limited, the Clean Energy Star for April 2021. Oorja is a Farming-as-a-Service (FaaS) company that finances, installs, operates and maintains distributed solar energy systems for productive use in the agricultural sector.
नेउरा में सब्जी भंडारण के लिए खुला कोल्ड स्टोरेज (Cold storage open for vegetable storage in Neura)
March 21, 2021 - Prabhat Khabar
Oonnati demo: Showcasing the impact of solar irrigation among marginal farmers
March 8, 2021 - Cisco
Demo video for Oorja's Oonnati solar irrigation service in both English and Hindi.
The women leading the way in the European cleantech industry
March 8, 2021 - Life Size Media
In honour of International Women’s Day 2021, we’re celebrating the inspiring women who are pioneering clean technology and leading their businesses to success while contributing to a more sustainable future.
Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge winner Oorja is making a difference for farmers in India
February 1, 2021 - Cisco
In rural India, 70 percent of people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Discover how the Cisco Global Solver Challenge 2019 Grand prize winner, Oorja, makes solar energy accessible to farmers in India.Watch it here...
Providing Clean Energy Solutions to India’s Bottom of the Pyramid Population
December 22, 2020 - University of New Hampshire
This case was examined as part of the Social Sector Franchise Initiative, a collaborative undertaking at the University of New Hampshire.
गांव में शीतगृह खोलने,सोलर सिंचाई प्रणाली और आटा चक्की लगाने की किसानों को दी जानकारी (Farmers informed about opening of cold storage, solar pumps and mills in village)
December 11, 2020 - Dainik Bhaskar
A meeting was held to improve storage of vegetables at the village level, wherein farmers were provided some important information about installation of solar projects.
Read more here... [in Hindi]
खेमाइपट्टी में सब्जी के भंडारण को खुलेगा शीतगृह (Cold storage for vegetables to open in Khemaipatti)
Dec 5, 2020 - Prabhat Khabar
Delhi team reaches Bihar village Khemaipatti to explore storage of farmers' mushroom and vegetables
Read more here.. [in Hindi]
Founded by Young Entrepreneurs, Oorja Brings Affordable Clean Energy to Smallholder Farmers
Nov 24, 2020 - TriplePundit
Founded by young entrepreneurs, Oorja provides solar-powered water pumps that allow smallholder farmers to transition away from using diesel for irrigation.
Laureate Spotlight: Oorja Development Solutions
Nov 12, 2020 - Global Warming Mitigation Project
"It’s a no-brainer for farmers to move to solar,” says Clementine Chambon, Oorja’s CTO. In summer of 2020, Oorja was awarded a $25,000 Keeling Curve Prize in the Energy category."
People before profit
Oct 16, 2020 - Down to Earth
A Delhi-based clean energy services firm provides solar power and irrigation facility, with flexible payment option, to returning informal workers in Uttar Pradesh.
Local lifeline: Communities rely on DRE to get through the Covid-19 crisis
Sept 22, 2020 - Renewable Watch
The decentralised renewable energy (DRE) segment is instrumental to advancing energy access in rural India. In these difficult times, we have shining examples of DRE enterprises standing tall to serve communities. A look at some of these enterprises members of CLEAN making a positive impact in rural areas of the country.
2020 Keeling Curve Prize winners announced during virtual awards ceremony
July 28, 2020 - Aspen Times
The 10 winners of the 2020 Keeling Curve Prize, an Aspen-based program that awards money annually to innovative global warming mitigation projects, were announced during a virtual awards ceremony Monday evening.
REN21's Global Status Report 2020 mentions Oorja's unique business model of PAYG solar irrigation services
June 17, 2020 - REN21
Our CEO Amit Saraogi was recognized as one of the contributors in REN21's Global Status Report 2020 which mentions Oorja's unique business model of PAYG solar irrigation services for small and marginal farmers.Read it here...
Covid-19 calls for renewed focus on sustainable solutions
June 4, 2020 - India Inc.
Althea runner-up Clementine talks about coming up with new ideas and the need for business and academia to work together.
May 18, 2020 - Imperial College London
Here we meet some of Imperial’s entrepreneurial women who are at the forefront of creating a low carbon economy.
On International Women’s Day, meet five women who want to change the world
Mar 5, 2020 - Cisco
From Cisco Community Hero leaders to Global Citizen Youth Leadership Award winners, here are five women who are making a positive impact in the world.Read more here...
Techno-economic assessment of biomass gasification-based mini-grids for productive energy applications: The case of rural India
March 3, 2020 - Renewable Energy (Elsevier)
Data from Oorja's team in U.P. contributed to this research publication which recently appeared in Renewable Energy journal. It compares the cost and CO2 emissions from solar PV, biomass gasification and diesel generation in mini-grids for productive energy use in rural India.
Solar Projects are Helping Generate Income, Create Jobs and New Skills in Rural Areas
Jan 14, 2020 - Mercom India
Socio-economic development, an incidental contribution of the solar sector.
Meet the Global Problem Solver: Oorja
Nov 26, 2019 - Cisco
Providing a scalable and sustainable community-based solution to the irrigation crisis in India.
Partners can join Cisco in supporting global problem solvers using tech for good
Nov 5, 2019 - Cisco
Today we are inviting Cisco partners to join us in supporting entrepreneurs who are using technology to address some of our world’s problems.
Oonnati - Community solar pumping services for marginal farmers
Nov 4, 2019 - CSRBOX
CSRBOX is India’s largest CSR impact-intelligence and partnerships platform, aimed at bridging the gap between social enterprises, innovators, product suppliers and the corporate. The platform showcases various products related to Education, Health, Sanitation, Solar, Energy etc. which could be useful in CSR projects and can be procured by companies.Read more here...
The Next Big Thing for Energy Access in India? Service-Based Models for Productive-Use Appliances in Agriculture
Sept 24, 2019 - NextBillion
The agriculture sector is a major source of livelihood in India, providing income to more than half of the total workforce. However, it lacks the reliable energy sources it needs to act as a motor for poverty alleviation. This post is part of the NextBillion Series “New Frontiers in Renewable Energy” that explores the dynamic changes reshaping the sector.
CSR: Tech Start-ups That are Solving India’s Problems
August 28, 2019 - The CSR Journal
With the growing importance of CSR and participation on India Inc in national development, an urge to participate in the drive of solving India’s problems is growing. This claim is substantiated by the following tech start-ups that are aimed at solving the problems of the country.
Food Safety to Disease Diagnosis: 8 Tech Startups Solving India’s Biggest Problems
August 27, 2019 - The Better India
Be it in a hospital or a college canteen, ideas for path-breaking innovations can strike you anywhere, at anytime. The win is in recognizing and following them through, as these individuals did to become changemakers of our society. These 8 tech startups are solving India's biggest problems.Read more here...
Take A Multifaceted Approach To Corporate Social Responsibility
Aug 7, 2019 - Forbes
Businesses have taken an active role in solving some of the world's biggest challenges through corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. The recent Grand Prize Winner of one of these programs, Oorja, is an innovative solution to a growing problem in poverty-stricken India and is worth highlighting.
Oorja CTO named among 100 Most Influential People in UK-India Relations by India Inc.
June 24, 2019 - India Inc.
Oorja CTO named among 100 Most Influential People in UK-India Relations in the 2019 list, which celebrates the contributions of women. She was named in the Social Changemakers category.
Indian company builds solar powered pumps for farmers
June 14, 2019 - SpringWise
The crowdfunded campaign would install community solar water pumps in India, providing cheaper, greener irrigation water. SpringWise presents innovations that matter.Read more here...
Off-Grid Solar Solutions Provider Oorja Wins $100,000 for Installing Solar Pumps
June 14, 2019 - Mercom India
Oorja Development Solutions has won the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge for its community solar pumping systems implemented in rural India through the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) business models.
Oorja Solutions Wins $100K For Developing Solar Pumps in India
June 14, 2019 - Saur Energy International
Oorja Development Solutions is the winner of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.
$100K awarded to social enterprise for developing solar pumps in rural India
May 12, 2019 - Imperial College London
Oorja Development Solutions, a spin-out company from Imperial College London, is the winner of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.
Community Irrigation – The Next Frontier for Off-Grid Solar in India?
May 27, 2019 - Sustainability Outlook
As part of our guest article series, Lanvin Concessao from Oorja Development Solutions writes about community solar irrigation model as a feasible alternative for marginal and small farmers, with the focus on productive uses of energy for livelihood improvement rather than household electrification.
Keys to ensuring more crop per drop
May 27, 2019 - India Inc.
Solar irrigation solutions are the key to combatting energy poverty in India, notes a clean energy specialist.
Community and off-grid power: Experiences from Mali and India
May 26, 2019 - World Village Festival
How can we promote sustainable, democratic and affordable energy solutions in the Global South? PhD candidate Sini Numminen from Aalto University looks at the challenges and opportunities of solar power and off-grid power systems in providing electricity to rural areas in India, featuring a case study on Oorja.
Join the Oorja campaign!
May 22, 2019 - Imperial Business School
Former Ideas to Impact winning team Oorja, under the direction of Clementine Chambon and her team have just launched a crowdfunding campaign for their social enterprise, Oorja, to support a solar pumping project in Assam, India, to reach 120 smallholder farmers and their families.
Announcing the 2019 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Winners
May 20, 2019 - Cisco CSR
Today, in our third year of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, we are proud to be recognizing a new group of young entrepreneurs who are creating cutting-edge, technology-based solutions capable of solving some of the world’s toughest challenges.
Solar irrigation solutions for smallholder farmers in India
May 8, 2019 - University of Cambridge
Dr Clementine Chambon, graduate of the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Cambridge and co-founder of Oorja, launches a crowdfunding campaign to bring affordable solar irrigation to empower rural communities in India.
Oorja is a Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Finalist
Apr 29, 2019 - Cisco CSR
Cisco recognises teams using technology solutions to solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.
Vote for Oorja's entry here...
Oorja selected as Finalist for 2019 Keeling Curve for Energy Access
Apr 26, 2019 - Keeling Curve Prize
Oorja has been selected as a Finalist for the Keeling Curve Prize under their Energy Access category. The Keeling Curve Prize recognises initiatives that offer solutions to reduce global warming.
Environmental Prize Finalists Announced at EarthX
Apr 26, 2019 - EarthX
Finalists for the 2019 Keeling Curve Prize range from projects that combine microsatellites and artificial intelligence to detect methane leaks, to solar-powered irrigation efforts for rural Indian farmers, to a worldwide climate education effort by churches.
More crop per drop – Oonnati PAYG Community Solar Pumping Systems
Mar 29, 2019 - Oorja
Oorja's pitch for the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019, wherein we present our community solar pumping service to help smallholder farmers move from diesel to solar pumping.
Oorja's mission in 100 seconds
Mar 23, 2019 - Sustainabilitrip
Our CEO Amit explains Oorja's mission of providing affordable solar solutions, from electrifying small businesses to powering solar irrigation pumps to increase income and productivity in rural markets.
“Replacing diesel engines, using energy as a catalyst for economic development and creation of jobs, and combating climate change – these are the three core elements of our mission,” says Amit Saraogi.
Watch the full video here...
Seven women in solar leading the way to a greener future
March 8, 2019 - Sunrise
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we’ve compiled a list of seven leading women in solar energy from the UK and India. Whether academics or entrepreneurs, they are all using their expertise to make a positive impact on the climate and bring solar technology to communities who would benefit from it the most.
Income-Generating Appliances (IGA): Beyond household electrification in India
Feb 25, 2019 - Power for All
Until recently, household electrification has been the focus of the energy access ecosystem by deploying solar lanterns and solar home systems (SHS). The maturity of this market coupled with increasing access to the electricity grid has led enterprises to look beyond households to reach new markets for powering productive energy uses and directly improving livelihoods. Oorja's Project Analyst Lanvin Concessao explains.
What clean energy startups are doing to ensure every home, business and farm in Indian villages is electrified
Dec 17, 2018 - YourStory
As of April 28, 2018, India’s villages were said to be 100-percent electrified. But what does that really mean? Some startups have taken on the mandate to make it a ground reality through their clean energy products.
Best Practices in Accelerating Access to Clean Household Energy: A Collection of Evidence from wPOWER Partners
September 20, 2018 - wPOWER Hub
The latest report from wPOWER Hub on best practices for accelerating access to clean energy among households, focusing on how to engage women across the clean energy value chain. Oorja's work highlighted in the case study on p. 50.
Power Play: Can Energy Access Entrepreneurs Survive the Relentless March of Grid Electricity in India
August 29, 2018 - Sun-Connect News
Power Play: Can Energy Access Entrepreneurs Survive the Relentless March of Grid Electricity in India?
August 23, 2018 - NextBillion
When India declared on April 28, 2018 that the grid had finally reached the last unelectrified village, it set off a wave of different reactions across the country. No doubt there were loopholes in the government’s “100 percent electrification” claim. But does this point to opportunities for renewable energy entrepreneurs in off-grid pockets?
Leading roles: why the world needs women engineers
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.
A career dedicated to alleviating energy poverty and decarbonisation in India
July 17, 2018 - Qui Est Vert
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]
Three Imperial scientists shortlisted for prestigious fellowships
May 22, 2018 - Imperial College London
Three researchers have been shortlisted for the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship.
Rural power champions
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.
Oorja's CTO named RSC Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year
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.
Top honours for three Imperial chemists
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.
EnergyNext recognises women leaders in DRE sector
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.
Switching on the billion left without electricity
March 8, 2018 - The Times
Power supply through clean micro and minigrids is empowering disadvantaged people in remote areas of the world.
Microgrids are bringing power to the billion left without electricity
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.
गांवों में लगेंगे सोलर प्लांट, रोशन होंगे घर (Solar plant to be installed in village, households to receive electricity)
February 27, 2018 - Amar Ujala
Local press coverage in local newspapers of Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, in Dainik Bhaskar, Amar Ujala and Pioneer.
Read more here [in Hindi]...
Leading ladies in climate and environmental science, and why their profile counts
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.
Ideas to Impact Challenge 2018
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...
Smart Solar Mini-Grid: Oorja's Work in Action
January 14, 2018 - Oorja
In June 2017, Oorja Development Solutions India deployed its first smart solar mini-grid in Uttar Pradesh, northern India. The mini-grid powers irrigation pumps and low-income households in an off-grid village.
Announcing our partnership with wPOWER Hub
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.
TV Interview: Oorja featured on "Les Témoins d'Outre-Mer"
November 15, 2017 - France Ô
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]...
Imperial engineering talent recognised with double IChemE Global Awards win
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.
Our CTO wins IChemE Global Young Researcher Award
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.
How does energy empower women?
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.
Ecocircular: around the world in 180 wastes
October 3, 2017 - Socialter
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]...
Our CEO Amit Saraogi named as SOCAP17 Scholarship Recipient
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.
Elle apporte la lumière à l'Inde des villages
August 7, 2017 - Paris Match
Oorja CTO named among Inspiring EIT Community Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs
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.
Smart Villages 2017 Photo Competition winners announced
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...
Lighting up rural villages in Uttar Pradesh
July 27, 2017 - The Week
Homes in UP's Sarvantara village have been electrified, thanks to a social enterprise startup.
After coming from afar, they brought light to villages
July 21, 2017 - Amar Ujala
सात समंदर पार से आकर गांव में रोशनी फैलाई...
Read more here (in Hindi)...
DC mini-grid inauguration in Sarvantara, Uttar Pradesh
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.
1,000 people receive electricity in remote villages of UP with the help of a London student
July 17, 2017 - Your Story
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।
3 Startups Working Towards India's SDG #7: Affordable and Clean Energy for All
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.
UK student Clementine Chambon uses solar power to light up Indian village
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.
This UK student helped 1,000 people get affordable electricity in a remote UP village
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.
Hundreds of UP villagers are grateful to this UK student for bringing electricity to their land
July 13, 2017 - The New Indian Express
Clementine is the founder of start-up Oorja that provides electricity through mini solar grids.
UK student lights up UP village with solar power
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.
UK student lights up Indian village with solar power
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.
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.
UK student lights up Sarvantara village in Uttar Pradesh with solar power
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...
Indian village gets electricity for the first time, thanks to Imperial student
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.
Oorja's work on inclusive innovation in the energy sector
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)...
German start-up launches smart DC mini-grid in India
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.
Sarvantara village in UP’s Bahraich sees light after 69 years of Independence
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.
Future of Engineering Pitch
June 7, 2017 - Royal Academy of Engineering
Our CTO Clementine received the #FutureofEngineering runner-up prize of £5,000 from the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub and Entrepreneur First! This recognition was given to the most outstanding UK-based engineers using their skills to concretely address the challenges of the world.
Watch the pitch here...
India: Smart mini-grid brings electricity to village for the first time
June 7, 2017 - Deutsche Energie-Agentur
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.
Read more here [in German]...
Solar energy to bring light to Sarvantara village
June 6, 2017 - Dainik Jagran
सोलर एनर्जी से रोशन होगा सरवंतारा गांव
Energy Entrepreneur profile: Amit Saraogi
May 31, 2017 - Smart Villages Initiative
Profile on energy entrepreneur Amit Saraogi by the Smart Villages Initiative.
Rural India needs solar power for more than just lighting, study finds
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.
Amit Saraogi named among SE100 Inspiring Social Enablers List
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.
What would you recommend to young entrepreneurs in Asia/Africa starting out in the off-grid solar sector?
May 14, 2017 - Sendea
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)
"The off-grid market needs an Integrated Energy Policy": Oorja's CEO Amit Saraogi interviewed by Sun-Connect-News
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...
Hello Tomorrow 2016 - Oorja - Energy Startup Pitch
February 25, 2017 - Hello Tomorrow
Oorja was a finalist in the Energy track at Hello Tomorrow in Paris in 2016.
Live Hangout with Oorja's co-founders
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...
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs podcast
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...
Clémentine Chambon : Citoyenne énergique du monde
March 21, 2017 - EcoRéseau Business
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]
Interview: Le Monde de Demain selon Clémentine Chambon
January 31, 2017 - Soon Soon Soon
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]
Oorja among 20 Mass Challenge UK Winners!
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 be present at the Mass Challenge 2016 Awards on January 18, 2017.Read more here...
Podcast: Rural electrification of India using waste
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'.
Blog: Women-led entrepreneurship and Oorja's work in India
November 17, 2016 - BearingPoint Blog
Clementine Chambon discusses Oorja's work using a hybrid solution to electrify rural India, as well as her vision for women-led entrepreneurship.
The women making your world a better place: Our CTO Clementine named among 2016 Red Women of the Year
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.
News from one of our graduates, Clementine Chambon
September 19, 2016 - CEB News
News from Clementine Chambon, graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) at the University of Cambridge...
Radio show: Les 30 Glorieux features Oorja
August 19, 2016 - Radio Europe1
Michel Grossiord interviews young people driving change in entrepreneurship, sports and culture. Today he interviewed our CTO Clementine Chambon...Listen here... [in French]
TV Interview: Oorja featured on LCI Matin Week-end
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... [in French]
Radio interview: Oorja featured in « LA TÊTE AU CARRÉ »
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}
#Innovators35EU – Clementine Chambon Converts Agricultural Waste Into Clean Electricity
April 26, 2016 - Innovators Under 35
Clementine Chambon was selected Social Innovator of 2016 for her company, Oorja Solutions.
Start-ups: Three French women entrepreneurs who will make a difference, according to MIT
April 20, 2015 - Madame Figaro / Le Figaro
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 worldRead more here [in French]...
Clémentine Chambon, la fée électricité
April 20, 2016 - The Good Life
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 ».
10 Eco-Startups featured by MIT Innovators 35
April 18, 2016 - Green News Techno
Oorja is awarded Social Innovator 2016 by MIT Technology Review...
Oorja recognised as Social Innovator of the Year
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.
Portrait of an Innovator: Clémentine Chambon promotes clean energy in India for sustainable development
April 14, 2016 - L'Atelier
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.
The new generation of Innovators Under 35 France
April 14, 2016 - Le Monde
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 Oorja.
Campus life: Potential energy
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.`
Students fight global poverty through entrepreneurship competition
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.
Clementine Chambon shortlisted for WISE Tech Start-up Award
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.
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...
First Person: Rural Empowerment
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.
Testimonial by IDEX Fellow Amit Saraogi
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.
Read more here....
14 Climate Leaders to Watch
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.Read more here...
Innovative project bringing electricity to rural India receives boost
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.
Chemical Engineer PhD student wins awards for renewable energy start-up
May 19, 2015 - Imperial College London
Recognition for Chemical Engineering PhD student Clementine Chambon for her renewable energy start-up company Oorja.
Team arriving with dream to electrify villages
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.
Q&A with Althea runner-up Clementine Chambon
May 1, 2015 - Imperial College London
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