Powerhive develops scalable, bankable off-grid utility solutions to provides access to clean energy.
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.
Africa and Asia
Powerhive has a pay as you go model with a connection fee of about 25-30 USD. Customers can pre-pay using Airtel Money or M-PESA. The service costs roughly 0.75 USD per kWh.
Communities and businesses in remote areas that are not served by grid electricity
The pilot program served over 1,500 households and businesses (about 4,000 people) in Kenya with plans to expand to 200,000 units.
Telecommunication service required for the product/service to work (Mobile data, SMS, voice, Internet, Other)
Local network communication protocol used aside from the telecommunications required (Wifi, bluetooth, Radio frequency, Zigbee, Other)
Device features required for the product/service to work.
Text, Numbers, Multimedia (Photos, video, audio, etc), Geolocation, Sensor readings, Other
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Android, IOs, Windows, Not applicable, or other [specify]
Batteries, Uninterrupted prower supply (UPS), solar energy, Other [specify]
Monitoring & evaluation (M&E) , survey for project management (baseline, midline, and endline), household surveys for health, ag, financial inclusion, water, education, academic research survey, impact evaluations, market research, other (specify)
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 is provided by Powerhive as a part of the service.
To provide access to affordable and reliable off-grid electricity in remote areas.
Powerhive has provided service to 1,500 households and businesses during the pilot program. Those systems are providing 90 kW across three sites.
Powerhive and ACORE
The provided ReadyBoard includes safety features such as an overload breaker.
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.
Powerhive is licensed as a private electricity provider by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya and is in compliance with local laws and regulations.
Pilot program to evaluate power output
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