Hydrobee Signs Partner for Software Development

Hydrobee has signed a Memorandum of Agreement for collaboration with OSSCube for software development.   Read their Press Release here.   OSSCube is a world leader in Open Source Software development.  It has helped organizations around the world–ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to high tech startups.  It has successfully delivered integrated enterprise business solutions to organizations around the world including industry leaders like Intel, Google, Yahoo, Trend Micro, and LinkedIn.

Lavanya Rastogi, CEO of OSSCube, is from India and has worked extensively in developing countries.   He is  passionate about nonprofit work and serves on the board of a Global Non Profit Organization, devoting significant amount of his time and talent to supporting projects across USA, India, Africa & South America and leading CSR initiatives for OSSCube.  Lavanya and his team are excited to partner with Hydrobee as we develop new ways to connnect our PowerBee to cell phone grids, create new apps for interaction with the device and for microfinancing, and for development of Wireless Mesh Networks so PowerBee can become a node for local wireless communications after a blackout or in an off-grid village.

Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access Market Valued At $12 Billion

The Sierra Club just released a new report — Clean Energy Services For All (CES4All) – – showing that off-grid clean energy is the right tool for the energy access job. That’s because it’s the fastest, cheapest, and most effective means of ending energy poverty – and it’s going to create a $12 billion annual industry by 2030.

This is the big global market for PowerBee.  Our system is the most cost-effective, universally functional USB energy source for basic relief from energy poverty – power for phones and LED lights.  This new report is really great, with very credible information on the size of the market and power needs.  They talk about “skinny grids” but do not realize that with PowerBees no one needs to be wired to anyone else, there just needs to be places where PowerBee batteries can be swapped in and out for recharging, then the users take batteries home with them and use until they must be recharged.

Wireless Mesh Networks in real world – New York Times

Wireless Mesh Networks in real world – New York Times

The New York Times has published a great article about Wireless Mesh Networks and their real-world use and concerns.   It tells about the network at Red Hook, New York, and how it was used after Hurricane Sandy to create local wireless communications.

How Wireless Mesh Networks Work

How Wireless Mesh Networks Work

Hydrobee’s new Adviser, Frank Sanborn, was on the team that FEMA sent to Red Hook to create the new network.


Frank Sanborn is new “Smart Hardware” Adviser

We are delighted to announce the appointment to Hydrobee Board of Advisers of Frank Sanborn as Adviser for Smart Hardware.  His recent focus is the use of wireless mesh networking for communication infrastructure for disaster resilience. He makes “smart hardware” with open-source Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other inexpensive technologies.  Sanborn was an External Entrepreneur / Innovation Fellow for the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a volunteer innovator and member of the Global Disaster Innovation Group, Field Innovation Team, a 501(c3) that develops new technology to help first responders and local communities response to and recover from disasters. Before becoming a technology manager in several companies he was a Program Manager Architect for 12 years at Microsoft, where he brought many products to market. Later he was the Rural Incubation Program Manager in Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential emerging market group focusing on building sustainable software, services, solutions and business models to improve the lives of people living at the “Bottom of the Pyramid”.

Sanborn will guide the development of the new “NetBee” accessory that will enable the PowerBee to become a node and data collection point within wireless mesh networks. In a city with a power blackout, the PowerBees can be recharged by hand crank, sun, water pressure in pipes, riding a bike or other means. It will provide USB power to the NetBee “puck” that screws on the end of the PowerBee, like another half-can. Placed in buildings, the NetBees can “talk” to each other and create communication networks, collect and transmit video and data, control other micro-electronics, and enable other features important for coping with a disaster or blackout. Depending on line of sight transmission, NetBees can become long-distance “breadcrumb signal relay lines that inform emergency managers about the status of neighborhoods.

Digital Finance of Renewable Energy

The World Bank’s Consultative Group to Assist the Poor has just (Aug 12, 2014) released a new paper on Access to Energy via Digital Finance: Models for Innovation.   This paper provides an overview of the digitally financed energy access sector, highlighting advancements in business models and product offerings. The focus is on businesses deploying PAYG solar photovoltaic products using digitized payments and unique hardware to control the use of energy services.

“Based on currently available data, there are at least 25 companies actively deploying a PAYG solar solution across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. To date, at least 150,000 PAYG solar products have been sold globally.  Another 100,000 customers will access modern energy through a PAYG solar product by the end of 2014.  In the next five years, at least 3 million PAYG solar systems will be sold globally, demonstrating the potential for such models to disrupt the energy access sector.”

The PowerBee USB energy solution can use a solar panel to charge its battery, but also uses any other energy source, in particular kinetic energy from motion of any kind.  That makes it more reliable as an energy source and a better alternative to solar systems now being sold.  

Hydrobee SPC’s new partners will lead this effort.  Frank Sanborn has joined the Board of Advisers as leader our Smart Hardware thinking.  Frank’s focus is on open-source wireless mesh networking for disaster response.  He is profiled on the Hydrobee Team page.  Lumeter Networks is our new partner for micro-financing know-how.  Lumeter’s team has many years experience in developing countries and information and computer technologies.