Updated on September 5, 2019


Created on August 3, 2017


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Powerhive develops scalable, bankable off-grid utility solutions to provides access to clean energy.

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Product Description

Powerhive’s goal is to be an affordable and reliable micro-grid electricity provider. Their platform combines three components to provide reliable electricity in remote areas:

  • Asali – Smart meter
  • Honeycomb – SaaS cloud solution for grid management
  • Swarm –  Site selection application.

Powerhive was granted permission to operate as a private utility in 2015 by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya.  This allows them to sell electricity from their micro-grids to the public.

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Intellectural Property Type

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User Provision Model

Powerhive uses its swarm application to identify potential micro-grid sites. Communities interested in partnering with Powerhive should use their contact page.

Distributions to Date Status

The pilot program served over 1,500 households and businesses (about 4,000 people) in Kenya with plans to expand to 200,000 units.

Design Specifications

The initial setup includes a ReadyBoard, which includes an LED light on a 5 meter cable, 2 lighting outlets, and 2 electrical outlets.

Technical Support

Technical support is provided by Powerhive as a part of the service.

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Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

To provide access to affordable and reliable off-grid electricity in remote areas.

Vetted Performance Status

Powerhive has provided service to 1,500 households and businesses during the pilot program. Those systems are providing 90 kW across three sites.


The provided ReadyBoard includes safety features such as an overload breaker.

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Academic Research and References

Srikanth, S., 2016, A Communication Protocol for Nanogrids and its Application in Off-Grid Rural Areas of Developing Countries, Dissertation, USF Graduate School at Scholar Common.

Compliance with regulations

Powerhive is licensed as a private electricity provider by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya and is in compliance with local laws and regulations.

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