Buffalo Grid

Power for charging mobile phones for the 96% of rural users with no access to the electrical grid but whose livelihood depends on their phone. The UN says “Mobile phones are the biggest contributor to economic growth in off-grid rural populations”. But keeping a phone charged when off-grid is frustrating and expensive. People travel large distances to charge their phones, pay for the world’s most expensive electricity, and lose their phones for half a day while they charge. Twice a week.

BuffaloGrid offers power to rural people in the developing world. BuffaloGrid has created a profitable and patent-pending way to reliably deliver power to remote areas. It makes power affordable. A charged phone means access to services such

as mobile banking, water point mapping, and eventually the internet and the world.

BuffaloGrid makes billing and promotion possible, because it knows exactly who power goes to. No other system has this mix of secure information and easy access, which BuffaloGrid believes is the key to bringing mobile network operators into the power distribution market.

BuffaloGrid uses clean solar power, which increases access to safe phone charging and lighting, reducing respiratory complaints and indirectly tackling other problems such as the danger created by kerosene lamps that claim the lives of 1.5 million people each year, over half of which are under the age of five. Having safe lighting also means that people can be more productive through the dark hours, allowing children to study for longer.

BuffaloGrid Hubs can also be used to provide off-grid power for a range of vital uses from medical to educational applications, bringing economic growth to rural communities around the world.

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