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 utilise 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 emphasise 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.