IEEE Empower a Billion Lives
The IEEE Empower A Billion Lives competition is a $1 million global challenge to create energy access solutions that can scale to one billion people living in extreme energy poverty.
The goal of the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives competition is to enable the creation of holistic and financially sustainable solutions for energy access that can rapidly scale to one billion people living in energy poverty.
The competition is agnostic to energy sources, technologies, business models, and will primarily evaluate potential impact and ability to rapidly and sustainably scale the solutions to one billion customers.
These are solutions that are already commercially available, meeting the electricity needs of the target customer group, and have radical scaling potential.
These are new solutions that meet the needs of a single household in the target customer group. They provide lighting and cell-phone charging as a basic service, but any other value streams are highly desirable, such as telecommunication, TV, radio, refrigeration, fans, water pumping and purification, etc.
These are solutions that meet the needs of multiple users as well as extends out to meet the needs of the community. These devices are expected to be able to create, interconnect and manage a grid (including market functions) from the bottom up. They provide lighting and cell-phone charging as a basic service, but meeting complex energy demand is highly desirable, such as public lighting, public water works, sanitation, milling, welding, sewing, construction, light manufacturing, electric bike and tuktuk charging, cooking, air conditioning, etc.
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