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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 and high-performing off-grid appliances and supportive 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.

The competition started in September 2019, with teams from nine universities in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda and the UK. Teams include Durham University, Independent University of Bangladesh, Loughborough University, Makerere University, Strathmore University, Swansea University, University College London, University of Bath and the University of Strathclyde.

The first round of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge will culminate in June 2020 at the Grand Final, where students will pitch their projects to a panel of experts, who will recognise the best projects from across the competition on criteria such as improved efficiency, affordability, inclusivity, market-readiness and innovation.

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge aims to expand from September 2020 onwards. The Challenge helps companies engage with outstanding university students who are passionate about the off-grid appliance market and enhance students’ employability by allowing them to gain experience in designing off-grid appliances.

If you are a student or an academic and have any question about the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge or want to register for year 2, please contact Challenge@ewb-uk.org.

If you are a company and want to be an industry partner for the competition, through giving webinars and mentoring teams of students, please contact EforAchallenge@est.org.uk.

The 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.