Founder of Oorja: Em'power'ing Rural Communities
2015 Climate Fellow
Oorja provides clean energy solutions and biochar to rural Indian off-grid communities. Oorja designs, builds, and maintains easily operable “mini power plants” that are run by local micro-entrepreneurs. The plants transform agricultural waste into reliable and affordable electricity, clean cooking gas, and natural biochar, a soil amendment that sequesters carbon and improves soil fertility in the long term. By turning locally available crop by-products into a resource, Oorja empowers BoP households and farmers to develop climate-resilient agriculture which reduces use of water and fertilizers, displace fossil fuels, and improve education, health, gender equity, and livelihoods. Oorja’s mission is to impact over 1 million people by 2025.
Clementine Chambon is co-founder and chief technology officer of Oorja, where she is responsible for plant design and construction to ensure Oorja plants are easy-to-operate, efficient, affordable, and scalable. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioenergy from Agricultural Waste at Imperial College, London where she develops cost-effective technologies to harness the power of biomass as a feedstock for renewable energy, 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 first class master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge where she decided to create impact to reduce the effects of climate change and facilitate sustainable development. She is a recipient of an Imperial College Ph.D. Scholarship, Jesus College Foundation Scholarship, Salter’s Institute Graduate Prize and a runner-up Althea Prize presented to the most innovative female student entrepreneurs in science and technology at Imperial College London.