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June 17, 2020 - REN21
June 4, 2020 - India Inc.
May 18, 2020 - Imperial College London
Mar 5, 2020 - Cisco
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.
Jan 14, 2020 - Mercom India
Nov 5, 2019 - Cisco
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
June 14, 2019 - SpringWise
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.
June 14, 2019 - Saur Energy International
May 12, 2019 - Imperial College London
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apr 29, 2019 - Cisco CSR
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.
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.
Mar 29, 2019 - Oorja
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 29, 2018 - Sun-Connect News
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?
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.
July 17, 2018 - Qui Est Vert
May 22, 2018 - Imperial College London
May 8, 2018 - Royal Society of Chemistry
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.
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.
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.
November 15, 2017 - France Ô
November 10, 2017 - Imperial College London
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.
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.
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.
August 7, 2017 - Paris Match
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.
July 28, 2017 - Smart Villages
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.
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।
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.
July 14, 2017 - NDTV
July 14, 2017 - The Better India
July 13, 2017 - The New Indian Express
July 12, 2017 - India Today
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.
July 12, 2017 - Financial Express
July 10, 2017 - Imperial College London
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.
June 14, 2017 - PV Magazine
June 7, 2017 - Hindustan Times
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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April 10, 2017 - Rohan Potdar Creative Media
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.
January 31, 2017 - Soon Soon Soon
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.
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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'.
November 17, 2016 - BearingPoint Blog
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.
July 3rd, 2016 - La Chaîne Info (LCI)
May 6, 2015 - Radio France Inter
April 26, 2016 - Innovators Under 35
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 world
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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 ».
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.
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.
November 27, 2015 - Imperial College news
November 12, 2015 - WISE Campaign
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 21, 2015 - IDEX Accelerator
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
May 19, 2015 - Imperial College London