The Rural Spark Energy Kit

The first sytem-focused solar solution for rural areas

 
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Products by Rural Spark do not just provide access to clean, safe and sustainable energy, they turn villagers into Local Energy Suppliers who sell the energy to their fellow villagers. Becoming resilient entrepreneurs taking ownership of the system, they generate additional income which increases their livelihood and purchasing power.

Enabling for the exchange of energy surpluses between Local Energy Suppliers, Rural Spark offers a solution that provides reliable access to energy as compared to most existing temporary, often stand alone, solutions.

Providing a villager with the Rural Spark energy kit allows him/her to generate, use, trade and sell energy while creating positive environmental, social and economic impact. Moreover, providing access to energy increases the aspiration for energy allowing us to provide more products to Local Energy Suppliers, or offer them to become local distribution points for additional products. Also, villagers starting out using energy of the Local Energy Suppliers, can become one themselves overtime repeating the cycle of market creation, impact and development.

Working with Rural Spark goes beyond providing access to clean, safe and sustainable energy as Rural Spark is constantly improving the products and network to make more efficient use of the energy generated by increasing the smartness of the network. It’s the only Energy Kit with that’s actually growing a network.


Rural Spark Energy kits

The Rural Spark energy kit is a high quality energy solution. Customers become local energy suppliers who sell the energy to their fellow villagers, becoming resilient entrepreneurs. The Spark Station can power any USB powered or 12V powered application; includes a prepaid system & modular battery storage; and is supported by the Rural Spark Service Platform.

Premium Resellers

Become a premium reseller by distributing Rural Spark Energy Kits into rural areas that lack decent access to energy. Rural Spark works closely together with it's premium resellers and provides ICT solutions by access to the Rural Spark Service Platform. All to provide the best proposition to your customers. Contact us for sales enquiries and we'll reach out to you.


Customizable configurations

The Rural Spark kit configuration is customisable, including options to add a second solar panel or increase/decrease the number of applications per kit. Additional cubes allow for increase energy storage (and/or selling energy surpluses) and thus for powering a TV or Fan at night, for example. Typically, villagers start using the Energy Kit, providing energy for their fellow villagers and upgrade to TV and/or Fan over time. Local Energy Suppliers can change the configuration of their kit anytime.


Storage

Energy is stored in Rural Spark Share Cubes. These modular battery packs store surpluses of energy that can be used to power applications later when no energy is generated (e.g. on a cloudy day in case of solar) or the demand is higher (e.g. people want to watch an important cricket- match on TV). 

PrePaid solution

The Spark Station is activated by entering an automatically generated code after payment. The Spark Station indicates when the Local Energy Supplier runs out of balance, warning in advance, triggering action. After topping up (paying the instalment) another activation code is generated to re-activate the Spark Station for the period payed for. 

sytem-focused Trading 

Modularity allows for flexible storage capacity to fit the energy demand. Even more important, they can be traded, allowing to trade energy between Local Energy Suppliers increasing efficiency and reliability. Linking different energy sources will be the first step towards rural smart grids.


Design

Robust, shock-proof design; Dust and water resistent; Clear and simple interface indicating available energy, system status, and pre-paid balance;
Designed from within the context, to fit the rural context.


A Range of Applications

Rural Spark provides energy access in a scalable form into the houses. Rather than 'a solar lamp' or 'home lighting kit', Rural Spark managed to provide a more general 'access to electricity' tool.

The Spark Station can power any USB powered or 12V powered application. A Rural Spark Energy Kit comes with a USB to mobile phone converter which fits all common phones.

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SolaR Powered

Rural Spark's Energy Kit comes with a solar panel, which can be connected to one of the three 17V ~ 24V DC inputs. The Spark Station had Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) built in to make the most use of the solar energy.


Rural Spark Service Platform

Rural Spark offers a service and retail platform working together with the Rural Spark Spark Station and your existing infrastructure. This platform facilitates marketing campaigns, pre-paid payments, changes in subscriptions and other customer facing interactions through sms and phone and gives real-time insights to management.

 
 

Generating business with Rural Spark

Rural Spark not just provides access to electricity, we are creating markets using a modular approach,
generating business opportunity and market development

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MULTI-LEVEL PERSONAL- AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Local Energy Suppliers proof to be value-conscious entrepreneurs who are much better in designing a local business-model, respecting local context and characteristics. However, not only do they earn additional income, they also increase their confidence, self esteem, entrepreneurial skills and social status in their village. Empowering villagers, they become more independent confident and self sustainable, critical in enhancing social and economical status.

For the village, the Local Energy Supplier(s) become a central hub in the village, where they go for their energy needs, creating social cohesion. A close community forms, showing the vast social effects of sharing energy.  that’s even able to bridge social and economic gabs on village level. The deriving of this community, allows for other village development programs to be enrolled more easily.