Approximately 3 billion people globally lack access to modern cooking technology and instead rely on burning biomass. According to the WHO, an estimated 4 million premature deaths resulting from indoor air pollution associated with biomass cooking occur globally per year. EPCs are a new generation of electric cooking technology that offers an alternative to biomass cookstoves while presenting a long-term solution to biomass fuel-driven environmental degradation and a viable path towards total eradication of indoor air pollution. For women, EPCs can reduce the time spent collecting fuel and unlock time for other responsibilities and income-generating or educational opportunities.
“We are excited to support the EPC Competition and fund innovative solutions to scale the global e-cooking market across Africa and Asia,” said Professor Ed Brown, MECS Research Director. “By promoting early innovators, we are encouraging manufacturers to enter the largely untapped market for efficient electric cooking appliances and accelerate the transition from harmful biomass cooking to modern, clean, and energy-efficient alternative cooking devices.”
The 2020 Global LEAP Awards Electric Pressure Cooker Competition presents the first-ever rigorous performance assessment of EPCs designed explicitly for use in underserved areas, filling a major gap in market intelligence. The competition, supported by UK aid’s Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) and Low Energy Inclusive Appliances (LEIA) programmes, received 40 product nominations from 15 companies in 8 countries and Hong Kong.
In addition to the three category Winners, two products stood out based on their design and performance in critical areas that represent risks to market adoption: affordability and energy performance. To reward and support continued innovation in these critical areas, the 2020 EPC Competition also included two $50,000 innovation prizes:
- The Energy Performance Prize was awarded to Aufla 5L model from Atvantic Electronics Pvt Ltd. for best energy performance, which reflects low total energy consumption and high energy efficiency.