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Innovative models

Innovative ideas, technologies and business models can significantly help to increase energy access.

The off-grid energy access sector is highly dynamic with technologies and business models constantly evolving, and testing ideas to understand what does and doesn’t work is critical.

As innovations involve risk, finding capital to support research and development, pilot studies or field trials can be challenging, particularly in emerging markets.

We support a range of innovative projects, initiatives and business models in a number of ways, including providing financial and technical assistance to realise their ideas, developing their management and business skills, and providing access to resources or facilities required to grow their businesses.

Incubating climate technology start-ups

We help energy start-ups with new ideas for building an economy that is green and resilient to climate change. Through business incubation, training and advice, the 34 companies we’ve already supported are now more able to turn these ideas into a reality.

Experimenting with innovation prizes

For many years, governments have used prizes as a way of encouraging technological innovation. But do innovation prizes work in a development context? We are working to find out, by designing and testing prizes for companies involved in energy access.

Crowdfunding for energy projects

Growing numbers of energy enterprises are turning to crowdfunding to kick-start their businesses. But whether this is the best route for energy start-ups in the developing world is unknown, so we are conducting in-depth research and analysis to find out.