Solar-Charged, Battery-Powered LED Lanterns to Replace Kerosene Lamps in the Developing World
University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, 2007 - $16,800
This E-Team is developing a solar-charged, battery-powered LED lantern that is healthier, more economical, less dangerous, and less polluting then petroleum lanterns. The team consists of an established network of engineers, industry leaders, aid organizations, academic professionals, and government contacts and is set to enter the market in India.
Updates: In 2009, just two years after it received an E-Team grant, Greenlight Planet, Inc. is selling its solar-charged, battery-powered LED lantern in India and China. Along the way, the company, which spun out of an E-Team from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, has raised more than $500,000 from investors.
Greenlight Planet's market proposition is simple: to sell ultra-affordable solar LED lights for the 1.6 billion people who still don't have electricity. There are important social and environmental benefits: Greenlight Planet's lantern is cleaner, more economical, less dangerous, and less polluting then petroleum lanterns.
- December 2009: Wall Street Journal video feature
- July 2010: Wins awards and $250,000 for solar lantern
- March 2012: Greenlight Planet has hit over one million users and has plans to expand nationally in India
- September 2012: featured in The Economist
- November 2012: released a new product, the Sun King Eco
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