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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 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.

Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2020 – 21

Year Two of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge begins in September 2020. This year, 17 universities from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda and the UK will participate. Read the Challenge Brief and learn more here.

Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2019 – 20

78 students from nine universities in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda and the UK participated in the first year of the Challenge. The competition began in September 2019 and students submitted their final projects in April 2020. The winning teams were announced at the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final, which took place on 25 June 2020. Six teams won gold, silver and bronze awards. Learn more here.

“Right from the start, the project scope was clearly explained, helping me to dig deeper into the off-grid sector. I found the webinars and meetings with the industry mentors a great help.” - Innocent Weredwong, student at Makerere University, Uganda

Highlights of Year One

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.