ReVolt is a new way of (em)powering communities.

We’re introducing microbial fuel cells (aka dirt-powered batteries) in villages to power off-the-grid Kenyans’ mobile phones. Our innovative solution is providing a convenient method to charge small DC electronic devices. We’re starting small with cell phones, but hope to eventually charge lamps and radios.

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The problem

Over 500 million people in Africa live without electricity. They resort to using dangerous kerosene lamps that result in respiratory problems. For those at the base of the pyramid, solar technology is not affordable and the market demands a low-cost, reliable source of energy.

Why not try dirt?

How does it work? 

Microbial fuel cells contain bacteria that have electrochemically active proteins that are able to transfer electrons. By creating a Daniell cell with dirt, water, and a bridge to facilitate electron flow, electricity can be generated to charge a mobile phone.

Kenya has undergone a mobile technology boom. Mobile phones cut down the time and cost to carry out basic tasks. Farmers check prices on chickens to negotiate deals, make payments to the bank, and send money to their family with a push of a button.

Why Kenya?

We’re providing villages access to electricity and eliminating the need to walk long distances to charge mobile phones. We’re initiating our pilot program in late 2014 as we roll out new prototypes from the lab.

How do you help?