Refrigeration holds a unique potential to unlock economic and social progress for the 600 million people living off the grid in Sub-Saharan Africa and the over one billion lacking electricity globally. Refrigeration can prolong the nutritional value of food, diversify diets, enable income-generating activities, and reduce the time that households spend shopping or gathering food.
Although an emerging market, penetration of refrigerators in developing countries, specifically in rural areas, remains extremely low. Statistics from the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) market research show that just 2% in Uganda and 1% in both Kenya and Tanzania have access to off-grid refrigeration whilst few product developers and manufacturers are engaged in the market or understand customer requirements.
Hence, through a partnership with the Department of Energy and Global LEAP Awards, this $300,000 competition aims to increase the availability of off-grid energy refrigeration solutions. It also seeks to identify, promote, and accelerate innovation in the world’s best off-grid appliances and increase demand for off-grid solar solutions such as solar home systems and mini-grids.
The 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigeration Competition challenge is focused on products designed for household and small enterprise applications and that are appropriate for use with solar home system and/or solar mini-grid energy sources.
- Eligibility to participate in the Global LEAP procurement incentives program
- One of (up to) three $100,000 prizes for products demonstrating market-leading innovation
- Publicity and marketing promotions
- Participation in industry and investor networking events
- Assistance in developing and adapting products to reach new markets and customers
Nominated products will also be tested for their energy performance, quality, and reliability in accredited laboratories using internationally-accepted test methods. They will also be evaluated by a panel of off-grid market experts in laboratories and field tested against a set of comprehensive criteria.
Global participation of entrepreneurs, manufacturers, engineers, and all passionate problem-solvers; Individuals, teams, companies, and organizations of all stripes, from all over the world, are invited to apply.
Applications are open from September 2016 – December 2016 while lab and field testing will take place in the spring (March-May) of 2017. Winners will be announced at the Eighth Clean Energy Ministerial at the end of May 2017.
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