Second generation products are in progress and expected to be ready by May 2016!
Rural Spark is on the brink of launching a solution on a larger scale; we have updated and industrialised our products. We expect to hit the market by May 2016.
Following multiple pilots in the state of Bihar in the past two years, (see Rural Spark already influencing) we gained unlimited insight into our clients’ energy requirements. Even though the products we piloted were only slightly smarter than the existing solar home systems, they were used in a different way and were in large demand – they suited the context and allowed local systems to emerge. Also, we knew the time was right to freeze our product specifications and start designing our first scalable product. The first product will be the Rural Spark Station with an innovative prepaid payment solution, together with smart modular battery packs called Spark Cubes. Unlike most stand-alone, temporary solutions, Rural Spark offers a reliable network-solution that can develop simultaneously with the development of the village. Read more on the product here.
From being a flexible start-up, trying to quickly implement innovative solutions, we needed to transform into a professional service provider. This required focusing on partnerships and hiring experienced product developers. After initial internal product development, we now co-operate with PRE, an experienced product development company, as our main partner in the design process. PRE has a young but experienced team and is motivated to work closely together with us and all our production partners in designing a high-quality, low cost product that fits the context and realises our goals in the field. In just one single month, the most critical aspects of the electronics and hardware have been prototyped and are currently being tested. We expect to launch the product in May 2016.
Meanwhile, Rural Spark has obviously not lost its dynamic and ambitious mindset required to build new models that make the old ones obsolete. This is only the beginning!