Low Energy Inclusive Appliances (LEIA)
In November 2018, the Efficiency for Access (EForA) Coalition launched a new grant fund worth £1.05 million for research and development (R&D) projects on highly efficient appliances which can reach populations in developing countries not served by the national grid.
The Modern Energy Cooking Services Technology Research for International Development call (MECS -TRIID) was the first in-house initiative to enable the Modern Energy Cooking Services programme (and thus Department for International Development (DFID)) to fully fund early-stage research projects in support of innovative ideas or concepts that facilitate a transition to modern energy cooking services in countries supported by DFID.
MECS – ECO
The Electric Cooking Outreach (ECO) competition was the third Challenge Fund competition run by MECS. The call focuses on scaling up the outreach of electric cooking through community scale pilot studies and market assessments.
Global LEAP Awards
The Global LEAP awards are designed to identify and publicise the best-in-class energy-efficient appliances. It is an international competition to identify and promote the world’s best off-grid appliances, accelerating market development and innovation. Previous competitions have been held since 2013 and have included solar water pumps, solar refrigeration, and solar TVs
Energy For Access – Enabling Technologies Call
In much the same way that MECS was part of the first LEIA call, our collaboration with Efficiency for Access for R&D projects to develop enabling technologies or products for weak and off-grid areas enabled MECS to highlight cooking.