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A New Standard to End Energy Poverty

A New Standard to End Energy Poverty

Okra is on board for the journey to provide >1000kWh/year to every man, woman and child.A study by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Energy for Growth Hub proposes a new standard to define energy poverty; they’ve set a new threshold for extreme poverty at 1000...

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Okra Named in APAC25 List & Wins Cleantech Forum Asia 2021

San Francisco, USA | 2021.06.13< - Following the release of the APAC25 2021 list by Cleantech Group, Okra Solar has received the Judges Choice Award for showing promising traction towards creating widespread social impact for rural off-grid communities around the...

2021 Market Entry Analysis

2021 Market Entry Analysis

Of the 800 million people living without energy today, roughly 60% will remain unenergised by 2030 if we don’t deploy off-grid solutions at scale.The State of the Market - 2021 If you’re in the energy access space, you’re probably sick to death of hearing about these...

Battery Power-Sharing

Battery Power-Sharing

The Pod now enables transmission of underutilized battery power to wherever it’s most needed at night.It is with great pride that we celebrate one of our most eagerly anticipated features of all time: battery power-sharing (we’ll refer to it as BPS from now on). BPS...

Using Mesh-Grids to Energize Rural Cambodia

Using Mesh-Grids to Energize Rural Cambodia

Cambodia’s last-mile electrification challenge It was the goal of the Cambodian government to achieve 100% countrywide electrification by the end of 2020. Whilst the government has reduced the number of off grid villages from over 14,000 to less than 500 by extending...

GVE Deploys Okra to Overcome Last-Mile Obstacles

GVE Deploys Okra to Overcome Last-Mile Obstacles

Meet Chris... ...a 28 year old Regional Field Supervisor working for GVE Projects Limited: Nigeria’s largest solar mini-grid DisCo (Distribution Company).The importance of Chris’ job can not be overstated; he manages off-grid electrification projects in the Southern...

Siren v2.4.2

-- Siren is our ML data engine that processes all IoT sensor data sent from Pods. It automatically identifies maintenance issues that reduce maintenance and labour costs and generates “insights” that can be found on the Harvest Maintenance. Siren is named so because...

Taking Over React Apps with Dodgy Dependencies

Taking Over React Apps with Dodgy Dependencies

I dare you to do two things in a React codebase of your choosing: Install an innocent progress bar module npm install nprogres/nprogress Add this import anywhere in the codebase import NProgress from 'nprogress'You’ll find that 5 seconds after loading the page, the...

Harvest Mobile v1.0.0

Harvest Mobile v1.0.0

HighlightsHarvest Mobile App launchedStability improvementsHarvest Mobile App launchedFrom the very inception of Harvest, we knew we needed a mobile interface to capture and assist with work being done in the field. Most of 2020 was spent building the desktop web...

What Productive Power Looks Like

What Productive Power Looks Like

How a village that isn’t connected to the national grid, is using clean cooking, selling face masks and tested e-bikes.Having reliable energy infrastructure is a fundamental step towards giving people the same opportunities that most of us already have. Without...

Pod Firmware v1.11.2

Pod Firmware v1.11.2

HighlightsBattery sharingStability improvementsBattery sharingThis is a huge achievement, so stay tuned for a blog post entirely dedicated to the feature. Briefly, battery sharing is the ability to leverage our power sharing algorithms all through the night to better...

How Mobile Billing Works at Okra

How Mobile Billing Works at Okra

When energizing the hardest-to-reach parts of the world, the very act of collecting money is more complicated than it looks.Mobile money is complicated Even with the rise of so many digital banking solutions, many designed specifically for unbanked rural communities,...

Pod Firmware v1.10.0

Pod Firmware v1.10.0

HighlightsKalman state of charge algorithmImproved panel SMPS stabilityRefactored state machine logicStability improvementsKalman state of charge algorithmAs lithium has become the prominent battery choice going forward and we started requiring a highly reliable state...

Harvest v1.15.0

Harvest v1.15.0

HighlightsImprovements to overview dashboardClearer performance and grid health metricsStability improvementsImprovements to overview dashboardThe overview dashboard is designed to quickly analyze a customer’s entire portfolio, from financial performance to system...

Another Win for the Last Mile in Cambodia

Another Win for the Last Mile in Cambodia

The community of Steung Chrov village is transforming the way we think about last-mile electrification through their adoption of novel technology.“In my village, 77 households have been set up [with power]. This project really benefits people and there are other...

Embedding Grafana using an auth proxy with Auth0

Embedding Grafana using an auth proxy with Auth0

Our web app at Okra Solar had a requirement that seemed incredibly simple but turned out to be a bit tricky. We wanted to embed a Grafana dashboard for our electricity distributor partners in Cambodia/Philippines so that they can see key metrics about their customer’s...

Pod Firmware v1.9.0

Pod Firmware v1.9.0

HighlightsBoost feature enabledSupport for AC outputSupport for more battery chemistriesImproved daily usage displayData optimizationsStability improvementsBoostEach Okra pod can individually be configured for daily limits, limiting the daily available capacity for...

We’re Continuing on Our Journey to Expand Energy Access

Amidst the challenges posed by Covid-19 we are happy to announce that we’ve just completed a convertible note round of funding. Investors include Schneider Electric, SADIF / MSP and Greenway Grid Global (A conglomerate of Tepco, Chubu Electric Power and ICMG...

Say Hello to Edamame, the Next Generation Okra Pod!

Say Hello to Edamame, the Next Generation Okra Pod!

It is with great pride, blood, sweat and tears, that we officially announce the release of our next-gen IoT mesh-grid controller: the Okra Pod EdamameThis blog is the first of several that will examine and explore how Edamame works, the key driving forces behind our...

2020 Q1 – Wiping the Sadness Off Our Bums

2020 Q1 – Wiping the Sadness Off Our Bums

It really burns that some people don’t have access to toilet paper in Australia. We feel for them and we also feel for the 900 million people who still don’t have access to electricity around the world. So at Okra we've spent the last few weeks wiping the sadness off...

2019 Q4 – Shoutout to the Future

2019 Q4 – Shoutout to the Future

Quick Facts 65 % of the jobs children entering primary school today will be doing when they graduate, don't even exist yet. The highest-paid Youtube earner this year was an 8-year-old child reviewing toys & he pulled in more than $26 million. Achievements for 2019...

The Okra Whirlwind – A Startup Story

The Okra Whirlwind – A Startup Story

To all future team members, friends, or anyone coming across our path, I hope these anecdotes begin to tell our story and reveal the captivating experience of being part of this company. My journey as a core engineer on this team has been filled with excitement,...

From Concept to Reality – Engineering Innovation

From Concept to Reality – Engineering Innovation

As the firmware engineer (and more) here at Okra, I want to share with you how we built one of the first distributed solar microgrids and the engineering complexities we faced along the way. We are proud of our technical triumphs and engineering innovation, but they...

Mesh-grids: A More Efficient Off-grid Future

Mesh-grids: A More Efficient Off-grid Future

At Okra our engineers have been slaving away for the last 12 months to develop a plug & play grid in a box allowing companies to easily create their own microgrid networks. The reason we decided to build this technology is because Stand Alone Solar Home Systems...

Okra Modular Microgrid Baseline Pilot

Okra Modular Microgrid Baseline Pilot

Is there a need for small scale microgrids in rural off-grid communities? What’s the potential efficiency gains over standalone solar home systems?At Okra we’ve been running theoretical calculations for a while, and they all seem to suggest that a smart connected...

Life Before Electricity and the 1.2 Billion Who Still Live It

Life Before Electricity and the 1.2 Billion Who Still Live It

Sorry if this post is a mess but I wanted to learn a fair few things before posting, and the rambled train of thought that proceeds reflects the order and content of research I was conducting. So why the hell am I in Cambodia right now? And how have I managed to drag...