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Nokero International is Awarded ‘Patents for Humanity Award’ for Providing Solar Energy to the Developing World

| 5/9/2013 4:29:00 PM

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Nokero International has been awarded the ‘Patents for Humanity’ honor by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The award is designed to recognize patent owners who use creativity, design, and ingenuity to solve humanitarian problems domestically and abroad.

“It is a true honor to receive this award,” said Nokero CEO Steve Katsaros, a patent agent and engineer who founded the company in 2010. “The recognition provides encouragement and support for innovators to pursue the goal of making a better life for the world’s least fortunate.”

Nokero received the award for its work using its patented solar lighting technology to replace harmful kerosene lamps, which are still widely used for lighting by the 1.3 billion people worldwide who live without electricity. The fumes from kerosene lamps emit 190 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year, and create respiratory and other health issues for those who burn them. More than 1 million people a year are killed in kerosene fires each year, and millions more are maimed or disfigured.

Nokero’s lights are designed to replace kerosene lamps. They are not only cleaner and safer, but they provide impoverished families with an alternative to the daily expense of kerosene fuel, which can consume up to 30 percent of a kerosene user’s income.

Nokero has created partnerships with businesses, governments, and NGOs throughout the world to bring the product to market according to the principles of social entrepreneurship. Patent protection has been critical to the company’s success in forming sustainable economies in the small-scale solar trade.

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