Our Mission

Our core purpose is to enable homes and communities to become sustainable and resilient.

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Increase Access
to Renewable Energy Sources

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Safeguard Quality
and Availability of Clean Water

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Promote a Sustainable
and Healthy Way of Life

 

Our Story

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It all started with Emiliano and Davide setting up as much as they could remotely in a small shipping container. They took the box to the kindergarten and set it up in three days instead of three weeks! As of today, it only takes three hours to install one box. After that successful day, they knew their project was scalable and adaptable to multiple situations.

OffGridBox started selling globally to individuals for off-grid living purposes with additional development projects. However, our founders wanted to create a significant social impact, and that's why they chose Rwanda. In addition to the success of various pilot projects, Rwanda’s support for green technology and innovation made it ideal for OffGridBox to start the PayAsYouGo model. After proving the business model, hundreds of families have affordable access to purified water and solar energy. We look forward to expanding our reach to enable homes and communities to become sustainable and resilient.

In 2010, our founders Emiliano and Davide met while working at La Fabbrica del Sole (a non-profit focused on constructing clean energy products) in Italy. During their time there, they collaborated with OXFAM on several projects around the world that brought electricity and clean water to rural areas.

In 2014, OXFAM's project was to install solar panels and a water purifying system into six kindergartens in rural South Africa. Installation would take at least three weeks due to vast distances, training labor force, and material availability, making it more difficult to finish the project. Tired of all the complications and the inefficiency, OffGridBox was born.

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Our Team

We are located in Italy, United States, and Rwanda working
extremely hard to develop solutions that have a net positive impact.

Our headquarters are in Boston, Massachusetts at Greentown Labs.

 
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Emiliano Cecchini, PhD

Cofounder & Chief Executive Officer

Has 15 years of international expertise in the industry and has built the world's first underground hydrogen pipes' system. Launched three successful companies in the renewables sector. He has a degree in Physics and a PhD in Chemistry.

Bas Berends

Vice President of International Partnerships

Bas has 20 years’ experience working as a Dutch diplomat in Beijing, Paris, Tirana and The Hague. Has been involved in Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development goals. Master’s degrees in International Relations, Rural Development, and European Studies.

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Davide Bonsignore

Cofounder & Chief Operating Officer

Worked in 4 African countries leading feasibility studies and deployment of off-grid solutions in remote areas. He is in the board of 2 companies specialized in the production of alternative energies. MSc in Economics and International Development.

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Troy Billett

US Director

He has 5 years of experience helping over 13 startups develop effective branding, build strategic partnerships, find funding, and grow effective teams. He has a degree in International Management from a Swiss and U.S. accredited university,

Andrea Baldini

Chief Technical Officer

The lead engineer focused on water treatment, photovoltaic energy, and heating; he has 10 years experience internationally along with a strong academic background, he has been coordinating R&D activities for Off Grid Box

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Kathryn Chelminski, PhD

Disaster Relief Partnerships Lead

Previously a doctoral research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center and at the University of Cambridge Energy Policy Research Group. She also held research positions at the Post-Conflict & Disaster Management Branch of the UNEP and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. She has a PhD in International Relations and Political Science.

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Gianfranco Salvadori

Senior Engineer

Focused on machine design, and production control; he built more than 10.000kWp of 'turn-key' solar farms, performed Quality Check in machine manufacturing for 12 years and taught Machine Automation at Siena University (IT)

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Luca Cerofolini

Supply Chain Manager & Engineer

Focused on remote monitoring and fine-tuning of OffGridBox, overall performance metrics and optimization, he continuously scouts technical updates. He is a passionate outdoor explorer.