The 2013 Patents for Humanity award winners in the category Clean Tech.
Procter & Gamble
P&G developed a small, inexpensive packet of powder that makes dirty, unsafe water clean enough to drink. A packet the size of a business card dissolves in 10 liters of water to remove 99.99999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses, 99.9% of protozoa, and 98% of arsenic, dirt and other pollutants. Over the last decade, P&G has set up over 120 partnerships with NGOs, local and national governments and health organizations to deliver the packets to those in need. To date, P&G has invested more than US$35 million and delivered over 5 billion liters of clean drinking water, preventing an estimated 200 million days of illness and helping to save nearly 30,000 lives.
1.3 billion people in the developing world without electricity use dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps for light, which can account for up to 20% of an impoverished family's income. Nokero (short for "no kerosene") is a social enterprise that makes low-cost solar lights and other products primarily for the developing world, helping millions of families prevent illness and injury from kerosene fumes and fires. Nokero is a leader in the global movement to relieve this financial burden and make small-scale solar affordable.
In order to bring renewable energy to the far-reaches of the globe, Nokero has also formed alliances with local businesses, governments, and NGOs to solve the difficult distribution challenges and create sustainable commerce. The strategies employed are designed to bring a source of income and economic stability to the people who live in hard-to-reach, off-grid regions where Nokero's products are needed most. Nokero's technologies are often sold by local entrepreneurs: at hawker's markets in South Africa, through bread bakeries in Fiji, by boys on bikes in Nigera, by door-to-door saleswomen in Uganda, and through small hardware stores serving the 18,000 off-grid Navajo households in the US. Since being founded in 2010, Nokero has impacted millions of lives in more than 100 countries, and is working toward the goal of completely replacing kerosene lamps with solar-powered light.