ReVolt is a new way of em{power}ing communities.

We’re building a dirt-powered battery that harnesses energy from dirt and sun to power small devices like mobile phones for people without access to electricity.

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The problem

Over 500 million people in Africa live without electricity. Only 5% of rural Kenyans have access to electricity (World Bank). 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?

A microbial fuel cell is a device that converts chemical energy into electrical energy using a biological system like microorganisms and bacteria found in dirt.

What is a microbial fuel cell?

How does it work? 

As bacteria and microbes consume complex sugars and nutrients in the dirt, they release a portion of the energy contained within the “food” in the form of electricity.
By adding photosynthetic bacteria, semiconductor electrodes, solar cell, or a photochemical cell to increase voltage output appropriate to charging a cell phone

How do you integrate solar technology? 

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Africa 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. They can even get an education with just a phone!

Access to electricity in Africa is still under development. As it becomes easier to charge cell phones, people will increase their mobile phone usage.

Why Africa?

We’re providing villages access to electricity and eliminating the need to walk long distances to charge mobile phones. We’re looking for NGOs and strategic partnerships to make our idea a reality.

How do you help?