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Efficiency for Access Design Challenge

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access.

To provide sustainable energy for all, we urgently need to enhance the efficiency and affordability of high performing appliances. The Challenge invites teams of university students to create affordable, high-performing off-grid appliances and enabling technologies.

By bringing together and inspiring students, the competition aims to foster innovation in the off-grid appliances sector. It also seeks to help address barriers that limit market expansion in this area. Furthermore, the Challenge seeks to forge beneficial partnerships between universities, researchers and industry partners at a global level. In this way, it will further strengthen academic capacity within the off-grid sector.

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Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2021 – 2022

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge starts in September 2021 and ends with the Grand Final in June 2022. This year students from 18 universities in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sweden, Uganda and the UK are participating. The Challenge starts with a kick-off workshop at each university and includes a series of webinars, mentoring by experts in the sector and a prototype fund application call.

The Challenge Brief provides more details about the design requirements, technologies spotlights, assessment framework and key dates.

Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2020 – 2021

Year Two of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge began in September 2020. Over 30 industry partners and 20 universities in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Sweden, Uganda and the United Kingdom participated in the second year of the Challenge. Participating students submitted 23 projects. The summaries are available here.

The industry partners mentored student teams, spoke in webinars, and judged the pitching sessions. Industry partners also provided resources for the students, which can be found here.

Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final 2021


The Grand Final was the final stage in the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge for 2020 – 2021, and allowed us to celebrate participating students’ achievements. The event showcased some of the amazing submissions we received during the competition and a prize giving ceremony that awarded students with the most innovative designs. It also featured a panel discussion that explored ‘how we can truly achieve inclusive energy access'.

Learn about the final student project submissions and see the winners here.


Contact

Students and academics

If you are a student or an academic and have any questions about the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge, please contact  EforAchallenge@est.org.uk

Companies

For more information on sponsoring or future involvement in the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge, please contact EforAchallenge@est.org.uk

Efficiency for Access and Engineers Without Borders UK are delighted to collaborate on the delivery of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge. The Challenge is funded by UK aid and the IKEA Foundation.