Dec. 8, 2009 – Solar lamps designed and distributed by former NCIIA E-team Greenlight Planet are lighting up the lives of people in rural India, as reported yesterday in The Wall Street Journal. Greenlight Planet was started as a E-Team by students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a solar-charged, battery powered LED lantern for use in India and China. The team consists of an established network of engineers, industry leaders, aid organizations, academic professionals, and government contacts.
About the NCIIA and E-Teams
Established in 1995, with support from The Lemelson Foundation, the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education to create experiential learning opportunities for students and successful, socially beneficial businesses.
E-Team Grants (so named because they promote excellence and entrepreneurship) enable teams of college students, faculty and industry mentors to solve real-world problems by creating and commercializing new technologies.