The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2021/2022 for University Students


Application Deadline: 28 February 2022

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multidisciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access. To provide universal energy access, 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 enabling technologies

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge starts in September 2021 and ends with the Grand Final in June 2022. This year students from 18 universities in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sweden, Uganda and the UK are participating. The Challenge starts with a kick-off workshop at each university and includes a series of webinars, mentoring by experts in the sector and a prototype fund application call.

Over the year, you have the opportunity to join students from around the world to design affordable and high-performing appliances and technologies for off- and weak-grid settings. The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge team is excited that you are part of the competition, and we are looking forward to the solutions you will submit.

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is an opportunity for you to work at the forefront of energy access. You will be required to design affordable and super-efficient appliances that can be used in an offgrid context, e.g. powered by a solar home system or a mini-grid.

You will work on solutions in countries with the lowest rates of electrification and who critically need energy access. Focusing on
Sustainable Development Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, please give special attention to communities with the lowest levels
of energy access. Access to clean energy and other basic services is closely correlated with a country’s position on the Human Development Index.

Project submission
Your team should submit your project – a 4,000-word (maximum) report and a three-minute video by Friday 15 April 2022. Other
supporting documentation can be attached to your submission, if deemed useful. These include posters or prototypes. Your team shall own the Intellectual Property of your work but will be required to give the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge team permission to use the research outcomes for a wider benefit.

Agreeing to license your work under Creative Commons license CC-BY 4.0 will achieve this.

Grand Final
All students participating in the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge will be invited to the Grand Final, which will take place in June 2022.
The Grand Final will showcase student teams’ projects and prototypes and host an interactive panel discussion with experts in the sector. It will also include an awards ceremony that presents teams with gold, silver and bronze awards.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2021/2022


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