JikoPower In The News

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The Challenge

1.5 Billion People Do Not Have Access to Electricity.

80% of Kenyans Have Cellphones, But Only 20% Have Electricity.

1.3 Billion Burn Kerosene for Light, Emitting 270,000 Tonnes of CO2.

Our Solution

 

The JikoPower Spark

The JikoPower Spark captures wasted heat from a cookstove or fire and turns it into electricity to charge cellphones, LED lights, and other small devices. It is built to survive your greatest adventure or the wear and tear of everyday use. 

  • High-Grade Aluminum Alloy
  • Solid State
  • Power Output of 2-5 Watts
  • Heat Tolerance of 600˚C
The Spark Starter Kit. Fully Funded on Kickstarter!

The Spark Starter Kit. Fully Funded on Kickstarter!

Pilots

 

In July the JikoPower team was in Kenya and Uganda. Our two week journey was incredible. We met with partners, held demonstrations, assessed market and customer needs, and solidified distribution networks, in 6 key areas of Kenya and Uganda.  The JikoPower Spark was met with overwhelming enthusiasm by customers, distributors, partners and the community.  

Salim, from ACON in Bongoma, Kenya, and Simeon, from Project Stoke based out of Kisumu, Kenya, are over seeing the distribution and use of 50 Spark prototypes. Over the course of the trip, hundreds of people signed up to purchase the JikoPower Spark and many have already made their first payment.

 

Our Impact

Nathan Elisha in Gabon with City University Enactus

Nathan Elisha in Gabon with City University Enactus

Gabon, Africa

In March, JikoPower sent multiple early stage generators with City University Enactus students over to Gabon, Africa for initial testing and customer feedback. 

In the first month of ownership, people are not only saving time and money, but one woman has doubled her income by selling cellphone charges to her community. This means that members of her community no longer have to walk to distant towns for more expensive charging.

On June 7th, a new and improved prototype of the JikoPower Spark was brought to Nigeria with a City University Enactus student. 


Salim Mayeki Shaban in his home in Bungoma, Kenya

Salim Mayeki Shaban in his home in Bungoma, Kenya

Bungoma, Kenya

There was an extended power outage in Bungoma, Kenya. According to our partner Salim, our customers were the only residents with consistent access to electricity in the entire area. They used the JIkoPower Spark prototypes to charge neighbors' phones. 

Users have reported charging times of two hours per phone. This is significantly faster than we had predicted for these initial prototypes. The next generation should charge even faster!

 

Economic Growth

With the JikoPower Spark, people save time and money. They can grow businesses by staying connected with clients and suppliers. Others can sell charges to their local community and earn extra money for their families.


Education

Families can afford to send their children to school instead of to work. Kids can stay up studying by LED at night, and if they have a question they can call or look it up on a cellphone.


ENVIRONMENT

With a generator, people are 3X more likely to use a clean cook stove, and with access to electricity, families aren't dependent on kerosene for light. This dramatically reduces their carbon footprint and improves respiratory health.


HEALTH

With electricity and a charged cellphone, families can easily reach a doctor, and doctors can more effectively serve their communities. They can offer advice over the phone, and can work after dark.