Nuru Energy products are driven by 3 core design principles:
Nuru Energy co-created, with end-users in Sub-Saharan Africa and India, a unique off-grid recharging platform using human power to recharge both Nuru Energy’s portable LED Lights as well as other low-power devices, such as radios and mobile phones.
Nuru Energy technology consists of:
The Nuru Light (NL1):
The NL1 is an ultra-portable and ultra-affordable, rechargeable LED task light with a light output many times brighter than the light produced by a typical kerosene lamp.
This versatile NL1 can be recharged from multiple sources and can be used in a variety of ways (head/neck lamp, hung up, resting on flat surface or mounted in a bottle).
The NL1 serves at the base power module for other useful accessories. Read more
The Nuru POWERcycle is the world’s first commercially available pedal generator. With minimal human exertion (60 rotations per minute), it charges up to 5 Nuru Lights (NL1s) simultaneously in approximately 20 minutes.
It is hundreds of times more efficient than most solar panels, producing enough energy for 420 minutes of light for every minute of easy pedalling. Because it is human-powered, the POWERCycle is not affected by unpredictable weather conditions and can therefore recharge products anytime, anywhere. Read More
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2010 Global Social Enterprise Competition - Grand Prize
Run by the Foster School of Business, the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) is a leading international social venture plan competition, where teams from around the world propose creative, commercially viable business plans aimed at reducing poverty in the developing world.
2010 MIT Clean Energy Prize (Semi-Finalist)
MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) is organized and run by students enrolled in MIT’s science and engineering schools as well as those from MIT Sloan School of Management. It works in partnership with MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.
2010 St. Andrews Prize for the Environment (Finalist)
Following a record 302 entries from 73 countries, Nuru Energy was chosen as one of three finalists. The prize, a joint environmental initiative by the University of St Andrews in Scotland and the international integrated energy company ConocoPhillips, aims to find practical solutions to environmental challenges from around the globe.
2010 Tulane Business Plan Competition - Grand Prize
The competition, organized by students at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, is the only competition in the US dedicated to the principles of conscious capitalism, which emphasizes the importance for businesses to positively affect all stakeholders and the communities in which they operate.
2010 UNDP/ICC/IBLF World Business and Development Award
The World Business and Development Award showcases the global best practices by businesses who apply their inclusive business expertise to the worldwide efforts to end poverty. There were 10 winning companies from 172 nominations from 42 countries.
2010 UNEP Sasakawa Prize
United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)
2010 Villgro Award (Runner-up)
The Villgro Awards recognize outstanding individuals, enterprises and institutions in the Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship eco-system, for their contribution in effecting a sustainable change in society.
2010 WJF Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition - Grand Prize
The William James Foundation (WJF), through its annual Socially Responsible Business Plan competition, seeks to identify, support, and reward the best new ideas in sustainable business.
2011 CIO100 PlusOne Award - Energy, Oil & Gas
The 2nd annual CIO 100 Awards celebrate 100 organizations (and the people within them) that are using information technology in innovative ways to deliver business value, whether by creating competitive advantage, optimizing business processes, enabling growth or improving relationships with customers.
8th REEEP Programme Cycle Grant
The goal of the Renewable and Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is to accelerate the overall global market for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. With funding from the Governments of the United Kingdom and Norway, REEEP is helping Nuru Energy expand its operations in India.
Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) is a US$120m private sector fund, backed by some of the biggest names in development finance and hosted by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). AECF is providing capital to help Nuru Energy scale its initiative in East Africa.
Atmosfair India Renewable Energy Award
The Atmosfair Award recognizes projects that are significantly reducing greenhouse gases in India, enhancing the quality of life of people in the project area and providing opportunities for economically viable, locally-run businesses.
eBay/Ashoka Powering Economic Opportunity Award
Nuru Energy was selected as one of five winners from nearly 900 entries from 83 countries. The winners represent some of the world’s most innovative market-based solutions that are creating economic opportunity and generating employment for disadvantaged populations.
FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Award
The FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards, the major global awards for environmentally and socially responsible banking and investment, recognized Bank of America Merrill Lynch (and Nuru Energy) with a Special Commendation in the category of Achievement in Financing at the Base of the Pyramid.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Award
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Rwanda, in partnership with the National University of Rwanda through the support of two Dutch organizations BiD Network and Spark, launched the Terimbere , a business plan competition to stimulate growth of the Small and Medium Entreprise (SME) sector in Rwanda.