2 results for author: Amanda DelCore


Productive Use Appliance: Data Collection and Research

In an earlier blog post, we indicated that powering productive-use appliances with high-penetration renewable energy systems may not be straightforward. For example, higher-power appliances may strain or exceed the existing capabilities of a power system and have an unknown energy consumption profile. Determining the value proposition of an income-generating appliance to the owner/operator, a minigrid developer, or an appliance manufacture is somewhat difficult due to the lack of sector-specific information. Furthermore, we believe there is an opportunity to improve the value proposition for appliances in emerging markets through both technical and ...

The Problem with Productive Use Appliances

*For an update on what we're doing in this area, please see this post.* "The minigrid business is challenging; no one has really quite figured it out yet. To boost average revenue per connection, we’re doing some thinking about productive use appliances." Lean in to any conversation in the energy access sector, and you’ve probably heard this sentence. What appliances are these? And how, exactly, does one appliance get the famed title of “productive”? Let’s step back for just one moment and remember that electricity by itself isn’t very helpful. Of course, we need appliances to make electricity meaningful. In emerging markets, we ...