Global Sustainability Initiative at Purdue

The Purdue Energy Center hosts Alumnus, Stephen Katsaros, Founder and CEO of Nokero

April 23 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Armstrong, room 1010

The Purdue Energy Center is excited to host Alumnus, Stephen Katsaros to campus. He is the founder and CEO of Nokero. His lecture is titled "Global Access to Clean Energy: Empowering 2 Billion Who Live on $2 per Day - Engineering Meets Social Entrepreneurship.

Abstract

Steve Katsaros (BSME - 1996) shares the story of Nokero, a company formed in 2010 with a mission to bring solar-powered light bulbs to the 1.3 billion people who live without electricity.  By bringing solar lighting to the 20% of humanity without access to power, Nokero’s(short for No Kerosene) work solves more than just the problem of energy poverty.   Those without power collectively burn 77 billion liters of kerosene a year in order to see at night.  Globally, burning of kerosene for light emits 190 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, causes respiratory illness, and increases risk of accidental fire.  Additionally, for those with an income of $2 or less a day, the cost of kerosene to fuel the lamps consumes up to 20% of their wages.  Steve's invention and the hard work of his colleagues have brought real change.  Over 500,000 lights have been sold to people in 120 different countries, no small feat when distributing to the most geographically and economically isolated parts of the world.  This talk is a must see for those interested in social responsibility, international business, and 'doing well by doing good.'

Reception at 6:30 p.m.

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