Year 3 of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Launches

Today marks the launch of the third year of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge, a global, multidisciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access.

Around 789 million people live without access to electricity or to electric appliances that boost productivity or provide cooling, refrigeration and communications. While an estimated 441 million people have gained access to energy since 2010 alone, a further 660 million people will still not have access to electricity in 2030. It is more important than ever to enhance access to modern energy services that are powered by renewable energy.

We also need more innovators to create appliances that are truly accessible. That means we need to design products with, rather than for, the people who need them most. We must also consider how these products can be used and how they can address inequalities in energy access worldwide. Delivered by Efficiency for Access with the support of Engineers Without Borders UK, the Challenge invites university students to create affordable ­­and high-performing off-grid appliances and enabling technologies.

The competition started in September 2019. In the second year of the competition, over 150 students from 23 universities in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Sweden, Uganda and the UK participated and were supported by over 30 industry partners. This year, 17 universities in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sweden, Uganda, and the UK have already signed up to take part.

If you are interested in taking part in the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge this year, you can learn more here.