Global LEAP 2016-17 Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition Launches

Global LEAP 2016-17 Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition Launches

The 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition (A joint initiative of Global LEAP, USAID, U.K. Department for International Development & Power Africa) has recently been launched.

(From the Competition Website) The Emerging Off-Grid Refrigeration Market

Refrigerators hold unique potential to unlock economic and social progress for the billions of un- and under-electrified people globally. Access to refrigeration can facilitate the development of income-generating micro-enterprises, prolong the shelf life of fresh foods, reduce spoilage and waste, diversify and enhance the nutritional value of diets, and reduce the time that households, particularly female household members, spend shopping for or gathering food. But the market for off-grid refrigeration products is nascent and the prevalence of refrigerators in developing countries, particularly in rural areas, remains extremely low. Highly energy-efficient, appropriately designed and priced refrigerators are essential to this market’s development and to its subsequent positive development impacts.

The off-grid household and small business refrigeration market could quickly become a major commercial opportunity. By 2020, the market could see 38% year-over- year growth and total annual spending approaching $1.1 billion. In order to be viable in off-grid settings and suitable for off-grid customers, however, refrigerators must be considerably smaller, cheaper, and run on far less energy than most conventional products. Few refrigerators available today can satisfy the needs of the off-grid market. Increasing the availability of appropriate off-grid refrigerators at affordable prices will increase demand for off-grid solar solutions such as solar home systems and mini-grids.

The intention of the 2016-17 round of competitions is to identify super-efficient, high quality off-grid refrigerators. The competition will recognize best-in-class off-grid refrigerators, and offer cash prizes to recognize and incentivize innovation in off-grid refrigeration technology and design. All nominated products will be evaluated for their energy performance, quality, design and reliability according to rigorous international best practice.

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For further information and nomination forms see: 2016-17 Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition

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3 comments

  • Oyaya Victor Wellingtone October 13, 2016

    We would like to join the competition

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  • Oyaya Victor Wellingtone October 13, 2016

    We would like to join the competition. Any advice please

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    • LCEDNadmin October 13, 2016

      Hi Oyaya, I’m afraid that we don’t have anything to do with the competition directly. Please follow the link at the bottom of the story and visit the global leap site itself. They have all of the information there and there are contact details for you to make any direct enquiries to them. Good luck if you do decide to enter!

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