Student's startup company wins international award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Advait Kumar, a third-year electrical engineering student, recently received an international award through his startup company, Swajal.

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) awarded Kumar funding for his project that focuses on a cheap, clean drinking water supply for villages in the industrial belts in India.

REEEP is funding 28 new projects that aim to scale up renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in key emerging markets, and in selected developing countries in Africa and Asia. The governments of the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland support the initiative.  

Kumar's project supplies clean drinking water using solar reverse osmosis systems The need for better water conditions in some parts of India is so extreme that every minute a person dies due to the lack of clean drinking water. Kumar's company is a step towards filling the void of these basic needs.

Swajal also won funding from the United Nations Development Program Access to Clean Energy in the summer of 2011.

REEEP's mission is to accelerate the market for clean energy in developing countries and emerging markets. The public private partnership has supported more than 180 clean energy projects in 58 countries.

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Last Updated January 29, 2013