Brooklyn, NY – November 20, 2012 – BioLite LLC, an innovator in energy solutions, was named the recipient of the Nokia Health Award at The Tech Awards 2012. The Tech Awards, a signature program of the Tech Museum and presented by Applied Materials, Inc., selected BioLite via a panel of scientific experts who conducted thorough research on all twelve Laureates.
At the end of a Tech Awards week filled with training, networking, and special videos produced for each Laureate, BioLite won top prize in its category, earning $75,000 for its breakthrough work on the HomeStove. The HomeStove is a low-cost biomass cook stove that, by converting waste heat into electricity, reduces smoke emissions by up to 95% while simultaneously providing users with the capability to charge small electronic devices.
“Over three billion people still cook over smoky open fires,” said Jonathan Cedar, Co-founder and CEO of BioLite, “and most families who cook on wood lack access to electricity, but a growing number of off-grid consumers are purchasing mobile phones, presenting a paradox.” BioLite’s unique heat-to-electricity technology provides a unique solution to address both public health and energy needs.
Two cash prizes, $25,000 and $75,000, were awarded in each of the six Tech Awards categories: Intel Environment Award, Microsoft Education Award, The Swanson Foundation Young Innovator Award, Nokia Health Award, Flextronics Economic Development Award, and The Sustainable Energy Award. BioLite is proud to share the health space with Embrace, a low-cost infant warmer specifically designed to address the needs of babies suffering from hypothermia.
"This has been an incredible week and we have met some of the most inspiring minds we have come across in our careers,” said Cedar, “we are proud to be a part of this community of innovators who are using their work to contribute to a better world. This is a huge honor for BioLite as a company and for all of our team members who have worked so hard to make the HomeStove a reality.”
Since the inception of The Tech Awards program in 2001, 257 laureates have been recognized. The Tech Awards laureates 2012 represent regions as diverse as Africa, India, South America and the United States.
For more information about The Tech Awards, visit techawards.org.
BioLite develops and manufactures advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean, safe, and easy as modern fuels while also providing electricity to charge small devices like cell phones and LED lights off-grid. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, the company was founded in 2009 by Jonathan Cedar and Alec Drummond. BioLite is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 St. Andrews Prize for the Environment and the 2010 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open. Discover more about BioLite at biolitestove.com, facebook.com/biolitestove and twitter.com/biolitestove.
About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Museum endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.