JikoPower new Invention of JikoPower Spark

Friday, October 28th, 2016 | In Electronic Gadgets | Tags: ,

Seattle Start-up JikoPower Inc., is recruiting NGO partners to receive their new invention, dubbed the Spark, which provides electricity to people during disasters or in remote areas virtually anywhere. When Hurricane Matthew left people stranded without electricity, the JikoPower Spark could have helped. It’s frustrating for us, because we have invented a simple solution that can save lives. The hand-held device converts wasted energy from cookstoves and fires into electricity to charge cell phones, batteries, LED lights, and other small devices.

JikoPower new Invention of JikoPower Spark
~ JikoPower new Invention of JikoPower Spark ~

With access to clean electricity, people no longer depend on dangerous, polluting kerosene for light and they don’t have to travel great distances or pay exorbitant fees to charge their cellphones. It is possible for women in Kenya using the JikoPower Spark to start their own businesses. The impact on their lives is amazing.

80 percent of people in Kenya have cellphones, but only 20 percent have access to electricity. JikoPower can help doctors who volunteer overseas like my mom, because it’s often difficult for them to charge their phones. The Spark has potential to save lives during disaster relief as well as create jobs while improving health with clean, environmentally-friendly energy.

The JikoPower Spark is a small thermoelectric generator (TEG) with a 2-5 watt output using a water reservoir with a metal arm inserted directly onto a cookstove or fire. While people cook, the heat creates electricity that its capture. Many small devices can be powered via the USB. JikoPower started a year ago with three engineers winning the grand prize at the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. They’ve grown into a team of eight inspired graduates and students from the University of Washington working to make a difference in the world.

Information via prnewswire.


 



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