We are excited to announce the ten finalists of the Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC), which is funded by UK aid delivered by the Department for International Development (DFID).
The Ideas to Impact programme, which is implemented by an IMC Worldwide-led consortium, has run this international competition to identify and promote the most energy-efficient, sustainable and cost-effective technologies that can meet the cold storage requirements for fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products.
Fourteen expert judges evaluated 28 entries based on financial viability, potential end-user impact, understanding of the product’s target market, and overall sustainability. Showing significant geographical diversity, the OGCCC received entries from 12 countries across five continents.
The ten technology innovation companies selected as finalists are:
- DGrid Energy
- EcoZen Solutions
- Inviro Choice Solutions
- The Off Grid Factory
- Tiger Power
They will all receive £10,000 to deploy their cold storage systems in one of 11 target countries over the next two months.
'The finalist units are all solar powered and include chemical or thermal storage to provide value to customers. Eight out of the ten finalists expect their products to be used by multiple smallholder farmers or market vendors selling perishable produce like fruits and vegetables on a pay-per-use basis.'
- Naomi Wagura, Senior Associate at CLASP, OGCCC implementing partner.
OGCCC competition winners will be announced in May 2019.