Selasa, 16 Maret 2010

Pedal Power from Nuru Light Replaces Kerosene with Clean Energy

A clean energy startup called Nuru Lights has come up with a low cost pedal-powered LED light kit that is designed to help households in East Africa and India ditch their kerosene lamps. Kerosene lamps are ubiquitous in the developing world. They’re a notorious fire hazard and can cause carbon monoxide poisoning when improperly vented. In impoverished areas, kerosene soaks up scarce cash that households could use to improve farming or pay school fees.

For communities dependent on kerosene a cleaner, more affordable alternative is a big deal, and Nuru Lights is getting some significant recognition for its efforts. The company has just been named one of 24 semifinalists in this year’s MIT Clean Energy Prize. Earlier this month it won the grand prize of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Seattle, and in February it was awarded a United Nations Environment Program Saskawa sustainability prize.

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