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Socialite, Greenlight Planet and others featured in The Economist story on solar lighting

Two NCIIA E-Teams, Greenlight Planet and Socialite, were recently featured in a story in The Economist focused on solar lighting for the poor. Greenlight Planet is selling its solar-charged, battery-powered LED lantern, the Sun King, in China, India and Africa. Cooper Union has been working with rural communities in northern Ghana on a solar lantern project since 2006.

Former E-team Greenlight Planet wins solar awards

Former E-Team Greenlight Planet, which designs and sells solar lanterns, has won two important awards.

In June, Greenlight Planet's our flagship product, the Sun King lantern (an NCIIA E-Team Grant brainchild), was recognized by the World Bank/IFC "Lighting Africa" Program as best solar task light on the market.

In early July, Greenlight Planet's new product, the Sun King Hero, a solar lantern with built-in cell phone charger, won the "Solar For All" Design Contest. This carried with it a $250,000 prize.

According to Patrick Walsh, one of the original E-Team members who now represents the company in China, "We have really assembled a killer combination of innovative technology and in-house distribution networks - having both competencies in one company is pretty uncommon. We're planning to grow very quickly. And we have NCIIA to thank!"

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Ducha Halo portable shower (Sept 2011)

Solar sanitation system (Sept 2011)

InfantAIR ventilator for newborns (Sept 2011)

Brilliance jaundice treatment incubator (Sept 2011)

Sproxil anti-counterfeit drug texting system.(Sept 2011)


Invention of the Year 2011: Antenatal Screening Kit

Lightweight Solar Panels that Mimic Ivy (Solar Ivy, 2010)

Invention of the Year 2010: OneBreath ventilator

Invention of the Year 2009: Ecovative Design


Tinkerers saving the world (2011)

Women innovators saving the world: with NCIIA grantees Tricia Compas and Teresita Cochran (2011)

Steelcase adopts the Ecocradle packaging system (2010)

Most innovative companies: GoodGuide (2010)


 Industrial strength mushrooms (2010)


America's best young entrepreneurs: Lifeserve Innovations (2010)

NCIIA's best student innovators (2009)

Recent articles

Therapeutic Systems (local story in Hampshire Daily Gazette)

Therapeutic Systems keeping up the pressure (Oct. 2011)

Under 30s making it happen (Joseph Steig byline in Xconomy - Oct. 2011)

Balancing needs and discovery in biomedical engineering education (Aug. 2011)

Ecovative Design receives equity funding (May 2011)

ABC NCIIA's best student teams (Open Minds) '11 NCIIA's Open Minds '11

Innovation News Daily: NCIIA's Open Minds 2011 NCIIA's Open Minds 2011

Ecovative partners with Ford to make car components (April 2011)

Huffington Post story and PBS video: Ecovative Design's packaging innovation (2011)

NewsTracker 2010

NewsTracker 2009






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