What is LEIA?

The UK aid funded Low Energy Inclusive Appliances (LEIA) is a research and innovation programme contributing into the Efficiency for Access Coalition. LEIA aims to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of Low Energy Inclusive Appliances particularly suited to developing country contexts.

LEIA Technology Roadmaps

Relatively little attention and financial investment have been applied to the research and development of energy efficient, high quality, market appropriate end-use appliances for off- and weak-grid consumers, for both households and businesses.

LEIA will change this by conducting extensive market and consumer research – and developing a series of appliance technology roadmaps – to identify critical technologies, gaps, and best practices to leverage R&D investments.

LEIA Technology Working Groups (TWGs)

LEIA invites experts to participate in, and lead, LEIA Technology Working Groups.

TWG members will ideally represent multidisciplinary teams of appliance manufacturers, purchasers, researchers and others throughout the supply chain, and will be invited to participate in a series of in-person and virtual discussions.

TWGs will inform and revise ongoing consumer, technical and market research activities to ensure that the LEIA Technology Roadmaps act as innovation accelerators, are well aligned with market needs, and provide good linkages for investment decisions.

Initial TWGs are expected to comprise of the following priority technology categories, with additional TWGs to be established as new priorities are identified:

Refrigeration

Brushless DC Motors

Water Pumping

Connectivity/Interoperability

We invite all stakeholders, and in particular industry representatives, to indicate their interest to participate in one, or more, TWGs by sending an introductory email to info@efficiencyforaccess.org.