award recognises innovative approach to tackling energy access
August 28, 2012, Cambridge UK: Azuri Technologies, developer of Indigo pay-as-you-go solar, has today been recognised as a Technology Pioneer 2013 by the World Economic Forum. Azuri joins a group of 23 of the most innovative technology start-ups from around the world, selected by the World Economic Forum, who are poised to make a significant and positive impact on business and society.
Azuri was selected for its contribution to delivering affordable and clean energy to the world’s off-grid population, improving global energy access through its Indigo pay-as-you-go solar solution.
By combining solar and mobile phone technology, Indigo enables solar electricity to be delivered as a service using scratchcards for payment. Users begin with a system capable of 8 hours of fume-free lighting for two rooms and mobile phone charging, whilst immediately saving money over the cost of kerosene and mobile phone charging fees. Customers are able to grow their Indigo system over time to deliver lighting, media, communications and information, enabling families to access progressively more electricity and ultimately reach full home electrification.
The award comes almost a year after the launch of Indigo, during which time it has established its service in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and the world’s youngest country, South Sudan.
This year’s Technology Pioneers were selected for their visionary leadership and proven technology in the areas of information technology, telecommunications and new media, life sciences and health, and energy and environment. To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of life-changing technology that has been market proven and show all the signs of being a long-standing market leader. Previous Technology Pioneers have included groundbreaking companies like Google, Twitter, DropBox, and Mozilla.
Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO at Azuri, said: “Azuri is thrilled to have been named a 2013 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. The award recognises both the proven impact of Indigo pay-as-you-go solar power and the potential of the technology to have a meaningful impact on the objective of powering the billion people who lack electricity, via the “un-grid” of distributed solar power. We are honoured to have been recognised in this way.”
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