How to get power to the world’s poorest people

What will it take to get electricity to the world’s poor?

By David Roberts

A great article with good links:

Building big power plants is not the answer.  Decentralized battery charging systems are the answer.  Hydrobee is an answer.

“For every kilometer in distance that an Indian household is from a substation, the wiring alone adds 2 cents per kilowatt-hour to the cost of power,” Carl Pope notes. “In Kenya the cost of connecting a single family to the grid runs from $900 to $4,000.” In many cases, connecting a poor household to the grid is a net loss for a utility, since it’s expensive and the poor don’t consume enough to make it up in revenue. And utilities in energy-poor regions are not generally financially healthy to begin with.”

 

 

Global Cleantech Cluster Association Names Hydrobee “Top 30” for 2014

Global Cleantech Cluster Association Names Hydrobee “Top 30” for 2014

GCCA pic   Hydrobee is Global “Top 30 Cleantech Firm”

Hydrobee SPC is proud to announce its inclusion in the Global Top 30 for the. The prestigious Top 30 consist of mid-to late-stage companies that originate from a variety of cleantech industries and have a proven track record in their home market, with the goal to expand internationally.

Hydrobee SPC is proud to announce its inclusion in the Global Top 30 for the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) 2014 Later Stage Awards. The prestigious Top 30 consist of mid-to late-stage companies that originate from a variety of cleantech industries and have a proven track record in their home market, with the goal to expand internationally.

Using the Keystone Compact Method, each company was evaluated based on their position for value capture in their industry, and investment grade. The Global Top 10 winners and one Grand Prize winner will be determined by a panel of investors and announced at the 5th annual CleanTech Investing Seminar in Lausanne, Switzerland on December 3, 2014.  Wish us luck to make it to the top 10!

We were nominated by Tom Ranken, Director of the Cleantech Alliance of Washington State.  Thanks Tom!

Read the press release: Hydrobee PR – Named Top 30 GCCA Cleantech Firm.

Hydrobee is a USA Finalist in the “American Startup Clash”

We are one of 5 USA companies selected from over 250 applicants to compete in this global contest.   We are off to Kansas City on Nov 6-7 to pitch Hydrobee!

“Get in the Ring” is an international startup pitch competition that is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week.   In the USA the Kauffman Foundation is hosting “Get in the Ring: The North American Startup Clash“.  This brings together five semifinalists from Canada, five from Mexico and five from the United States—face-to-face—to ultimately determine who will compete for the world title.  The competition finals will be held Nov. 6-7 in Kansas City, Mo. On Nov. 6, the semifinalists will pitch their startups to an esteemed panel of judges, who will narrow the field to eight finalists.

The final eight will vie for the championship title at an exciting live-streamed event at the historic Midland Theatre in Kansas City on Nov. 7. All 15 semifinalists will receive educational presentation coaching, national and international exposure, and networking opportunities with leading entrepreneurship experts.

The North American winner will then travel expense-paid to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to compete against the best startups in the world. Winners from seven global regions (North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe and Southern Europe) will compete for a chance at prizes, exposure and the opportunity for angel funding. The global Get in the Ring finals will be held on Nov. 21 and is one of the signature events of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

SAVE THE DATE for Nov 6-7 and watch this space, the event will be streamed live online!