OSRAM wins German Innovation Prize for Climate and the Environment with the Off-Grid Lighting Concept

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OSRAM wins German Innovation Prize for Climate and the Environment with the Off-Grid Lighting Concept

The OSRAM off-grid lighting concept was launched by OSRAM in 2008 in order to provide affordable, eco-friendly and safe lighting for people in off-grid regions. In recognition of this commitment OSRAM has been honored with the German Innovation Prize for Climate and the Environment in the "Climate and Environmental Protection Technology Transfer in the Developing and Emerging Countries" category. During an initial pilot phase, three solar-powered stations, i.e. the so-called Energy Hubs, were installed at Lake Victoria, Kenya. There, residents can rent battery-operated lamps and recharge them for a small fee. The efficient lamps replace kerosene lanterns and thus enable cost savings of approximately one third. The fire hazard and the potential risk of damage to health are reduced accordingly. As additional services at the hubs mobile phones can be recharged and purified drinking water can be obtained. Within the next year five more solar-powered stations, where the off-grid lighting concept is also adopted, will be opened in Kenya. The so-called WE!Hubs (Water and Energy Hubs) are additionally equipped with an Internet Café and ICT-Training room. They operate as a social business and are implemented in a project consortium with the Global Nature Fund, Siemens Stiftung, the local operator Light for Life and Thames Electricals, as well as with the support of the EU. Find out more

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