The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge will be showcasing their winning designs at EDS


11 August 2022

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access. EDS is offering stand space for the winners to showcase their winning designs, using a mixture of posters and display plinths.

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multidisciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to accelerate clean energy access for low to middle income countries through the development of innovative appliances. Efficiency for Access and Engineers Without Borders UK are delighted to collaborate on the delivery of the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge. It is funded by UK aid and the IKEA Foundation.
Globally, 759 million people live without access to electricity and many more have an unreliable connection. This means that they are unable to access appliances that can help them earn a living or enjoy a good quality of life. The development of affordable and efficient appliances can help us achieve universal clean energy access by 2030.

Year 3 of the Challenge began in September 2021 with over 150 students from 22 universities in Bangladesh, Benin, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sweden, Uganda, the UK, the USA, and Zimbabwe taking part. This year, teams designed appliances to tackle healthcare, food security and cooling challenges in rural communities around the world."

As for additional photos I didn't know what quite to include. I have added some photos we received early in the year when students were receiving their prototyping components or had early versions of their designs, they wanted to show progress of - let me know if you are looking for something else. There are not many photos of students all together because everything is remote, but I've included a screenshot from the Grand Final - although it's not very pretty. Here is our highlight video from this year if helpful and our prototyping video we created last year.