April 9, 2015 (SEATTLE) – In an emergency, communication is vital. World Concern, a Seattle-based international humanitarian organization, is partnering with startup Joule to supply reliable electricity in disasters through a portable, large capacity battery.
The lithium ion battery can be used in place of regular generators and is lightweight, making it easier to transport to remote locations, such as those where World Concern serves. The Joule battery can provide up to 100 hours of lighting, 720 cell phone charges, or 100 laptop charges, providing essential power during a disaster response.
“The Joule battery will enable World Concern to be on the ground and responding to disasters faster because it supplies the power we need in a sustainable and self-contained way,” explains Chris Sheach, World Concern Deputy Director of Disaster Response. “Our world is increasingly connected, and Joule will help us communicate and stay safe so we can provide lifesaving support to vulnerable people around the world.”
Silent and pollution-free, the portable battery can recharge from traditional wall outlets in a few hours via a built in charger. It can also be charged renewably from solar, or from other sources through one of two 12-volt connectors. The case houses a 1000-watt continuous inverter that delivers power and includes two USB chargers for accessories.
Joule launched a crowdfunding campaign today for this innovative tool. Once funded, World Concern will be able to use the battery in emergencies.
World Concern is a Christian global relief and development organization. With our supporters, our faith compels us to extend lifesaving help and opportunity to people facing the most profound human challenges of extreme poverty. At World Concern, the solutions we offer, the work we do, creates lasting, sustainable change. Lasting change that provides lasting hope. Our areas of expertise include disaster response, clean water, education, food security, child protection, microfinance and health.