Efficiency for Access – A New Phase of Cooperation to Accelerate Energy Access Through Affordable, Efficient Appliances

    UK aid, Power Africa, Lighting Global, Rockefeller Foundation, Shell Foundation, Sida, EnDev, Good Energies Foundation, and more join together to promote energy efficient appliances as a powerful catalyst to clean energy access.

    Due in large part to the improved efficacy and cost of the super-efficient LED, the quickly emerging off-grid solar market has delivered energy access to tens of millions of off- and weak-grid households and businesses globally. With similar shifts in efficiency and cost, other appliances appropriate for off- and weak-grid settings can enable consumers to reach higher levels of energy access faster. The Efficiency for Access coalition is scaling up and bringing together a range of programmes and support mechanisms to accelerate energy efficiency in clean energy access efforts, driving markets for super-efficient technologies, supporting innovation, and improving sector coordination.


    Global LEAP 2017 Off-Grid Appliance Market Survey

    In partnership with UK aid, the United Nations Foundation, Power Africa, and many others, the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) is undertaking a series of research efforts to enhance global understanding of the off-grid appliance market and provide a framework for stakeholders to identify business opportunities and high-impact policy and programmatic interventions.

    This survey of energy access professionals follows a 2014 survey on the same topic to assess the expected demand for and impact of off-grid, solar-powered appliances, including household, small-medium enterprise (SME), and clinical applications.

    These surveys indicate that demand – or perceptions of demand – have shifted over time. Notably, this latest survey indicates increased consumer demand for off-grid refrigeration — including household, agricultural, and commercial applications. Off-grid lighting and mobile phone charging are still identified as top priorities by most respondents.


    Low-Energy Inclusive Appliance Technology Summaries

    Low-Energy Inclusive Appliances (LEIA) is a new research and innovation programme supported by UK aid that aims to double the efficiency and halve the cost of a suite of appliances that are well-suited for energy access contexts. LEIA will support a slate of research, innovation and market scaling frameworks that will enable entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors and other partners working in energy access to better utilize appliances to improve the lives for the world’s poorest people.

    In developing LEIA through late 2016 and early 2017, CLASP and UK aid identified appliance products and technologies that LEIA may emphasize in its programmes and research:

    • Appliances for which the demand is strong and clear, but efficient products are only available in low volumes and at relatively high cost; and
    • Early stage technologies which may be disruptive to existing dominant appliances. These technologies may create opportunities to leapfrog in terms of efficiency or cost, with implications potentially for a whole range of products.

    Four near-to-market products (refrigerators, televisions, fans, and solar water pumps) and five cross-cutting horizon and enabling technologies (brushless DC motors, advanced electric cooking, advanced refrigeration technologies, interoperability & compatibility, and connectivity & internet of things) are identified and discussed in these Technology Summaries.