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Batteries & Storage
Innovations in Off-Grid Solar E-Waste Management
This report presents case studies on the first round of the inaugural Global LEAP Awards Solar E-Waste Challenge, offering detailed analysis of eight projects addressing growing e-waste levels from the off-grid solar sector in sub-Saharan Africa.
Webinar Materials | How to Evaluate and Prioritize Efficiency Policies with Mepsy
Presentation materials from a webinar demonstration of Mepsy and its features on April 27, 2021.
The Benefits of Permanent Magnet Motors: Efficiency Opportunities in Off- and Weak-Grid Appliance Markets
This report offers a comprehensive analysis of permanent magnet motor-driven appliances in off- and weak-grid markets.
In-depth Assessment of Water Efficiency Opportunities in South Africa
In the In-Depth Assessment of Water Efficiency Opportunities in South Africa report, CLASP investigated the opportunity to introduce water efficiency policies in South Africa that could conserve water and avoid associated carbon emissions from water heating.
Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Follow-Up Report
The Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC) was launched in August 2018 as part of the Ideas to Impact programme to fill information gaps about one component of the off-grid cold chain (cold storage) with the hopes of contributing to a larger discourse addressing off-grid cold chains designed to support smallholder farmers.
Global LEAP Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition (Round 1) Follow-up Report
The 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition (Round 1) aimed to transform the global market for off-grid refrigerators by incentivising companies to nominate appliances to be tested in laboratory and field settings, and then to be benchmarked against one other. This follow-up review builds on the findings of the evaluation conducted by the innovation foundation Nesta to assess what happened to the Winners and Finalists of Round 1 of the Competition.
Working with CLASP has been a great pleasure. The team is professional, productive, and collaborative. They treat ECREEE as partners in the formulation and implementation of their activities, asking our organization and ECOWAS member states for contributions, insights, and review.Dr. Charles Diarra
Energy Efficiency Expert of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Off- and Weak Grid Appliance Market: Sierra Leone
This country profile covers relevant market and appliance performance data for off-grid appliances sold in Sierra Leone based on findings from Efficiency for Access market surveys. The profile explores the overall market landscape in Sierra Leone, the common power type, size, price, and warranty of off-grid appliances sold in retail markets, and other findings relevant to sector stakeholders working in Sierra Leone.
Finding the Sweet Spot: Identifying Affordable Quality Solar Products for the Last Mile
This report brings together the GDC’s findings from 6 months of research on the quality of best-selling non-quality-verified (non-QV) products in Kenya. Through a funnelled field survey and quality testing led by VeraSol, our research identified non-QV products that are close to meeting the Lighting Global Quality Standards while remaining highly price-competitive with leading products in the market today.
Environmentally Harmful Dumping of Inefficient and Obsolete Air Conditioners in Africa
This report details the extent of the environmentally harmful dumping of inefficient or obselete ACs across ten countries in North, West, East, and Southern Africa, ultimately providing policymakers with a set of solutions to encourage a transition toward highly-efficient, sustainable cooling technologies.
Electric Pressure Cooking: Accelerating Microgrid E-Cooking Through Business and Delivery Model Innovations
To evaluate the need and use-case for EPCs, CLASP conducted a small-scale study with PowerGen Renewable Energy mini-grid EPC customers in rural Tanzania. The report outlines the business model and delivery mechanisms used to distribute the EPCs, demonstrating that in-person trainings and loan facilities are critical components of product uptake and retention.
Electric Bankers: Utility-Enabled Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa
This paper, co-authored with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, focuses on one of the critical roadblocks to the uptake of appliances — a lack of access to consumer financing for lower income households — and explores how energy providers can close the credit gap.
Use and Impact of Solar TVs
From 2018-2019, Efficiency for Access partnered with 60 Decibels to survey Global LEAP results-based financing customers in East Africa about their experiences with solar TVs. This analysis provides valuable insights into customers’ demographics, usage, and challenges with solar TVs.
Solar Milling: Exploring Market Requirements to Close the Commercial Viability
This report uses data collected from field testing results of solar mills in East Africa to analyze the market requirements for solar mills and assess their commercial viability.
Renewable Energy Systems
Global LEAP Awards Solar E-Waste Market Scoping Report
This Solar E-Waste Market Scoping Report outlines the current state of knowledge and activities on solar e-waste management in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as several barriers the Solar E-Waste Challenge should seek to address.
Solar Water Pump Outlook 2019: Global Trends and Market Opportunities
This report offers insights on the solar water pump market in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia like never before. Analysis underscores a growing business case for promotion and adoption—with an addressable market estimated at USD 15.6 billion—and identifies solutions to barriers preventing market scale.
Kenya Room Air Conditioner Market Assessment and Policy Options Analysis
CLASP, in collaboration with RenCon Associates, a local partner, conducted a comprehensive characterization of the RAC market in Kenya. The report provides the technical evidence to support the revision of Kenya’s MEPS for RACs.
Off-Grid Appliance Performance Testing: Results and Trends for Early-Stage Market Development
In their latest article in Springer Nature’s Energy Efficiency journal CLASP synthesizes data from the Efficiency for Access Coalition’s new tool, Equip Data, and gives readers a glimpse of the current status, efficiency and cost trends of televisions, fans and refrigerators.
2019 eceee Summer Study – Catalysing technology innovation in the off-grid market through appropriate product performance testing
This paper presents an analysis of the performance of off-grid refrigerators based on data generated via laboratory and field testing processes. The paper includes an introduction of an off-grid refrigerator performance testing methodology developed in support of the Global LEAP program.