SunDanzer's Big Win: Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition Promotes Solar Energy

Published Jan. 23, 2018

At ESI Africa

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The Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development has announced the results of the 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition, identifying the world’s best, most energy-efficient refrigerators designed for compatibility with off-grid solar energy systems.

SunDanzer who won in two categories, designed the DCR50 product specifically for submission into the Global LEAP Awards. The DCR50 requires just over 100 Watts to run for an entire day, substantially less than conventional refrigerator products, and offered the best value for money.

SunDanzer’s other winning product, the DCR165, uses energy most efficiently as determined by performance metrics including daily energy consumption and the time required to achieve and maintain a target temperature.

The purpose of the Global LEAP Awards is to incentivise innovation and identify best-in-class appliance products that are compatible with small-scale off-grid solar energy systems.

These products can help build demand and accelerate growth for solar household systems.

In addition to the two innovation prize winners, a third innovation prize will be awarded – for Appropriate Design and User Experience – following field testing in Uganda in early 2018.

The prizes were sponsored by the U.S. Global Development Lab and the UK Department for International Development’s (DfID) Ideas to Impact programme as part of their commitment to the Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development.

To read about the winners, visit ESI Africa.

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SunDanzer has been interested in the off-grid household and small business refrigeration market for years. Their recent win at the Global LEAP Awards presents a great opportunity to meet that call! They're hard at work on finding the balance of price and energy efficiency needed to make it work.

Jan. 22, 2018

SunDanzer Refrigeration was a big winner at the Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition—two of their products won innovation cash prizes of $200,000 each for demonstrated market-leading advancement in energy efficiency and overall value. Congratulations and good work!