Clementine Chambon


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Name: Clementine Chambon
Organization: Oorja
Title: Co-Founder/CTO
Clementine Chambon is co-founder and chief technology officer at Oorja, which aims to build, install and maintain decentralized mini-grids powered by biomass pyrolysers. She leads the technological development of Oorja plants and is responsible for plant design and construction, building technical partnerships, supervising technicians and engineers and liaising with stakeholders along the value chain for deployment of these plants in off-grid rural communities in India. She is also pursuing a PhD in Biofuels from Agricultural Waste at Imperial College London where she develops cost-effective technologies to harness the power of lignocellulosic biomass as a feedstock for renewable fuels and chemicals production. Her passion lies in using locally available bio-resources as a catalyst to bring about lasting socioeconomic and environmental change. Clementine holds a triple First Class M.Eng degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge, where she was placed in the top quartile throughout her studies (ranked 2nd/65 in 2013). In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Echoing Green Climate Fellowship with a grant of US$90,000 and was one of the three nominees for a WISE Tech Start-Up Award. She is also a recipient of an Imperial College PhD Scholarship, Jesus College Foundation Scholarship, Salter’s Institute Graduate Prize and a runner-up Althea-Imperial prize winner presented to the most innovative female student entrepreneurs in science and technology at Imperial College.

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Nov 16, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Climate change, Renewable energy, Rural, Sustainable agriculture

Lack of access to modern energy and crop failure are the major drivers of poverty in rural India. Our mission is to empower 1 million people in rural communities to transform crop waste into reliable and affordable electricity and biochar, leveraging a scaleable micro-franchise distribution model.