enabling clean energy for the world’s poorest

The Challenge

over 1.2 billion people are living without electricity

2.4 billion burn coal or wood inside their homes to cook

Energy poverty affects all areas of life; health, wellbeing and income.

The poor spend relatively 60-80 times more of their weekly budget on energy than those living in developed nations.

Collecting firewood for home cooking is a time consuming activity; where poor women in rural India spend on average one and a quarter hours a day, away from the village where they are more susceptible to violence. Globally, women are faced with similar challenges.

Health problems range from respiratory illness... to developmental complications in children to the risk of injury with open fires in the home. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 4.3 million people a year, mostly women and children, die prematurely due to household air pollution caused by inefficient use of solid fuels for cooking.

Our Purpose

cleverHeart was founded to help deliver clean energy to the world's poor

Clean energy has an immediate and positive impact for those living off the electricity grid in rural villages... as well as the hinterland poor - those living in and around big cities.

Solar cooking and lighting eliminate harmful smoke in the home. Solar powered agri-processing and irrigation support food production. Solar powered industrial and handicraft machines empower people to increase their income and work themselves out of poverty. 

The time saved over hand processing food crops to make household meals and collecting firewood can be better spent earning extra income for the family. Women in Vanuatu can earn as much as USD$1 per hour making handicrafts for tourist markets.

The World Bank estimates that for every $1 spent addressing energy poverty, results in a $15 increase in GDP.

Meet The Team

Ian Scrivener

Founder & technical CEO

Glen Anderson

Electrical engineer

Simon Briggs

Big data & cloud engineer

Rachel Keenan

Finance & governance

Niharika Kargudri

Web application developer

Daniel Rodriguez

Legal Counsel

Savannah Montenegro


 Hollie Cheung

Copywriter & web

Board of Advisors

Dr Tim Parsons

Stewart Craine

 Andrew Ogbourne