DiscoverOpen Energy AccessEpisode 02: Cicada, by Okra Solar
Episode 02: Cicada, by Okra Solar

Episode 02: Cicada, by Okra Solar

Update: 2019-10-01


Today we’re going to talk about a really cool open source hardware solution with Damian Veling, the CTO of Okra Solar - this episode is definitely going to be more interesting for the engineers and developers out there, though anyone working in the IoT space will find the conversation interesting. 

Okra is an Australian technology startup based in Cambodia. They work with local utilities to transform offgrid communities into energy abundant microgrid economies. One of the big reasons why millions of households all over the world still don’t have energy access infrastructure is because it’s physically hard to reach a lot of these places, which is why Okra relies on remotely monitoring the communities they service. But to be able to work like this means there needs to be some sort of data or wifi connectivity in the village - but connectivity is also a real challenge in some of the more remote areas of the world.

How to solve this very common and very real issue of connectivity in hard to reach areas? That’s what we’re going to talk about on today's show. Okra’s solution is called Cicada, an open source IoT Communications Module for Energy Access. Damian solved a really big problem that a lot of other energy access companies will be able to relate to - if you have been struggling with a solution for connectivity in your own IoT space, you’re going to want to listen closely: Cicada can be the solution that reduces your time to market, which can allow you to get back to work on the real problem you are solving.

EnAccess is proud to have all the open source materials published online. So if you’re ready to dig into the code and the documentation, or read the story behind the project, head over to you’ll find everything you need there. 

If you have any questions, comments, or tweaks for the code, we want to hear from you! You can visit to send a message directly to the developers.

If you have an idea for a project that could be beneficial to the broader energy access sector, head to and submit your application today. 

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Episode 02: Cicada, by Okra Solar

Episode 02: Cicada, by Okra Solar

The EnAccess Foundation with Damian Veling, CTO at Okra Solar