IEEE's Empower A Billion Lives Competition Names Twenty-Three Global Finalists

ATLANTAApril 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-three teams from around the world have been named Global Finalists in IEEE's Empower a Billion Lives, an innovation competition to identify and promote cutting-edge, high-impact solutions to extreme poverty and lack of access to energy in the developing world. Having succeeded in two previous stages of Empower a Billion Lives – including regional "pitch" competitions, the last of which was at IEEE Power Electronics Society's Decentralized Energy Access Solutions workshop in Atlanta – these teams will now undertake a field test to prove their solutions in advance of the Global Final in Baltimore in September of this year.

"We hope Empower a Billion Lives will accomplish a lot of vetting and due diligence in the energy access market, and let investors and other interested parties identify great companies to work with," said Dr. Deepak Divan, Empower a Billion Live's Chair. "We also want to give innovative teams the resources and profile they need to succeed."

Billions around the world live in severe energy poverty, largely in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Clean, affordable energy dramatically improves standards of living and prosperity, driving social and economic development. IEEE Empower a Billion Lives provides a platform for multi-disciplinary teams to develop and demonstrate cost-effective energy access technologies and business models that bring 21st-century technologies to the rural poor.

More than four hundred and fifty teams registered for Empower a Billion Lives, and more than one hundred and seventy proposals were accepted and reviewed. Of those, proposals from eighty-three teams were approved by expert reviewers and invited to attend one of five regional competitions.

The twenty-three Global Finalists offer compelling, state-of-the-art innovations, and include:

Team Name

Home Country

Empower A Billion Lives 
Competition Region

Entrepreneurs du Monde & Okra 

France

Pacific Asia

Nanoé

Madagascar

Africa

SoULS Initiative, IIT Bombay

India

South Asia

Xpower - Next Generation Micro-Grids

United States

Americas

AgroHub

Nepal

South Asia

APOLLO

Taiwan

Pacific Asia

Baobab+

France

Europe

Bombay Bijlee

India

South Asia

Café Lumière

Madagascar

Africa

Cygni Energy

India

South Asia

Dream Grid

China

Pacific Asia

FDU Lighting Up

China

Pacific Asia

GreenSpark

China

Pacific Asia

Havenhill Synergy Limited

Nigeria

Africa

Perryman & Energime University

United States

Americas

POWER@NUS

Singapore

South Asia

Reeddi

Canada

Americas

Simusolar

Tanzania

Africa

Smart Grids Lab

Scotland

Europe

Solageo & Partners

Hong Kong

Pacific Asia

Solaris Offgrid

Spain

Europe

SolarWorX

Germany

Europe

Winnie the Power

Canada

Americas

For further information on Empower A Billion Lives and the twenty-three Global Finalist teams, please visit empowerabillionlives.org.

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