State of Play and Innovations in Off-Grid Refrigeration Technology: Lessons Learned from Current Initiatives
Fill out the form below to activate file downloads
You can now download the files related to this report above.
The high energy demands of refrigerators present significant technical challenges to off-grid energy systems. Additionally, the lack of consistent and comparable performance data to help market stakeholders make effective and informed decisions about product selection. Data collected through the Global LEAP Awards refrigerator competition may help address these knowledge gaps in the market.
In their recent article in Springer Nature’s Energy Efficiency journal, Nyamolo Abagi, Yasemin Erboy Ruff, Jenny Corry Smith, and Michael Spiak from CLASP, as the EforA co-Secretariat, present findings of a baseline product testing effort used to establish a foundational understanding of the field performance of commercially available off-grid refrigerators. The paper further explores the role of innovation cash prizes in catalyzing technology innovation and market expansion of off-grid refrigeration, analyzing them through the lens of the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition. Key findings underscore the need for more data and field testing to better understand how refrigerators can maximize energy performance and meet customer expectations.
You may like this additional Clean Energy Access research
Medical Equipment and Clinic Electrification Report
This report from Efficiency for Access presents a preliminary assessment of technical and commercial barriers to large-scale deployment of medical equipment in off/weak-grid clinics, along with actionable recommendations to make progress against these barriers.
Renewable Energy Systems
2021 Appliance Data Trends
The 2021 Appliance Data Trends report builds on the 2018 Appliance Data Trends report and presents updated product performance, energy efficiency, and pricing trends for off-grid appropriate televisions, fans, refrigerators, solar water pumps and early market insights for electric pressure cookers.
Off-Grid Appliance Market Survey 2020
The 2020 Off-Grid Appliance Market Survey shares key insights on the perceived demand for, and impact of, off-grid appropriate appliances using data collected from 133 industry, policy, and development stakeholders. The survey results reflect the dynamic needs of off-grid consumers and aim to characterize the positive socioeconomic impact of a range of household appliances, productive use equipment, and healthcare technologies.
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.
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.