2021 Solar Appliance Technology Briefs

A comprehensive synthesis of technology and market insights, consumer impacts, current success, remaining barriers and pathways to scale for 11 high-priority technologies.

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This most recent series of Solar Appliance Technology Briefs builds on findings from our first LEIA Technology Summaries, which were published at the end of 2017 to help the newly established Efficiency for Access Coalition navigate a nascent market and make the case for its priority technologies.

Since 2017, the off-grid appliances market has grown significantly. This new series of briefs was developed to synthesize the latest market intelligence and chart the pathway to commercialization for some of the off- and weak-grid appropriate technologies most relevant to catalyzing energy access and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. They have been released in groupings based on their market maturity:

  • Near-to-market technologies: fans, TVs
  • Emerging technologies: solar water pumps, refrigerators
  • Horizon technologies: cold storage, electric pressure cookers, milling, e-mobility
  • Enabling technologies: interoperability, ICT, permanent magnet motors

This iteration of technology briefs is intended to continue supporting the energy access sector’s understanding of this fast-paced appliances market. The series provides in-depth and up-to-date technology and market insight and analysis for a wide audience–from interested donors, to new entrants to the appliance sector, to seasoned players who want an easy resource to point their respective networks to.

Each long-form technology brief in this series is accompanied by a two-page snapshot. These Solar Appliance Snapshots synthesize the most salient information on market insights, consumer impacts, current successes, remaining challenges and recommendations and pathways to scale for each of the 11 technologies.

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