The objective of the challenge is the development of refrigerators and icemakers that are significantly more affordable for off-grid communities than currently available units. EWB-USA awarded grants of $25,000-$50,000 to 6 teams to build and test prototypes.
Response to Our Call
EWB-USA received 43 proposals from 36 teams from universities, companies or NGO’s, and individuals. Sixteen were U.S.-based, and 20 were located overseas, including teams from Cameroon, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Nigeria, South Korea, Switzerland, Uganda and the UK. Fourteen of the best proposals were shortlisted, and final grant winners were selected by a distinguished panel of reviewers, including EWB-USA volunteers and international refrigeration experts.