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UNDP renewable energy challenge - To win a contract at about Euro 13.5 million

 

It was by accident that I found an UN renewable energy challenge when I was looking for employment in the renewable energy field. The challenge has been copied and pasted below. (It is actually from the UNDP = United Nations Development Programme Link: http://www.undp.org/...dp/en/home.html)

 

The biggest challenge is on the cost per unit - no more than Euro 5,000 per family unit. The contract is for more than 3,000 families. The Challenge expects a discount after 50 units. Let's assume a discount at 10% after 50 units and the total family units are 3,000, I estimated that the total contract price is Euro 13.525 million. Is this financially viable? Welcome your comments.

 

Personally, I do NOT think that the budget guideline at Euro 5,000 for the first 50 family units makes any commerical sense to me. Please read on...

 

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Enter the Challenge online:

Source link: http://www.nesta.org...ures/undp_prize

The attached word document shows the questions to be answered in the link above.

 

Can you make a difference in the lives of people affected by war?

 

 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now issuing a challenge to find a renewable energy solution capable of providing off-grid power to cover the needs of an average war-returnee family in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Since the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, more than one million out of 2.2 million persons displaced during the war have returned to reclaim their lives.

 

 

For most of them, houses have been reconstructed and normal living conditions restored, but still more than 3,000 families in the most remote rural areas lack access to power. With the fast-declining funding for returnees, there is little hope that the grid will be extended to their villages; in most cases such an investment is not even economically justified.

 

 

Life without electricity

In 1995, 78-year old Milos Bosnjak's family - his son and daughter in law, with two grandsons - fled their homes and the carnage of war. While their house has been reconstructed, they still have no access to electricity. They cannot refrigerate their food or illuminate their home. They feel completely disconnected from the rest of the world.

They own a cow, one calf and 163 sheep. But without electricity they cannot store and refrigerate milk, nor produce cheese to generate income. Milos' grandson, who is a big football fan, can't watch TV at home. He already dreams of living in the city, where he can watch his favourite champions league teams.

Challenge description

 

Design and develop a sustainable, cost-effective solution for a standalone, off-grid renewable energy supply that can produce an average of 1,25 kWh and 120 litres of hot-water a day, to cover the needs of an average returnee family in rural areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina that will not cost more than €5.000.

Read the detailed description of the challenge

 

 

The winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize. In addition, UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina will pilot the winning solution in a rural area for up to 50 returnee families in 2013.

 

 

Furthermore the winning solution might be replicated in other parts of the world to produce off-grid renewable energy for refugees and returnees. The market potential for the challenge prize winner is significant.

Timeline

 

Deadline for entry: 12pm, Wednesday 1 May, 2013

Contact short-listed: 12pm, Friday 31 May 2013

Confirmation of the winner: Summer 2013

<a name="entrycriteria" rel="nofollow"> Entry criteria

 

The challenge is open to anyone (18+ age) who can engineer a complete solution, produce it in sufficient quantities and deliver it within the expected timelines

 

The full requirements are described in a more detailed description of the challenge.

 

Judging criteria

  • Cost of the solution (all costs including manufacturing, delivering and installation of the system)
  • To what extent does the energy produced meet the estimated needs of the average beneficiary family
  • Average running costs for the end user
  • Estimated maintenance costs for the end user
  • Simplicity of installation, maintenance and usage; replication potential
  • The quality of the instruction manual provided to the end user
  • Potential for cost saving if applied as a community-based solution

UNDP Sustainable Development Challenge Prize (Deadline 1 MAY 2013).doc

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Eur 5,000 / for 3,000 families is many to sign up for a single solution - not many would want to take that on

 

But Helping People go OFF GRID is something many have been working on:

 

 

Life without electricity

In 1995, 78-year old Milos Bosnjak's family - his son and daughter in law, with two grandsons - fled their homes and the carnage of war. While their house has been reconstructed, they still have no access to electricity. They cannot refrigerate their food or illuminate their home. They feel completely disconnected from the rest of the world.

They own a cow, one calf and 163 sheep. But without electricity they cannot store and refrigerate milk, nor produce cheese to generate income. Milos' grandson, who is a big football fan, can't watch TV at home. He already dreams of living in the city, where he can watch his favourite champions league teams.

Challenge description

 

Design and develop a sustainable, cost-effective solution for a standalone, off-grid renewable energy supply that can produce an average of 1,25 kWh and 120 litres of hot-water a day, to cover the needs of an average returnee family in rural areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina that will not cost more than €5.000.

Read the detailed description of the challenge

 

What "off Grid" solutions have others on GEI tried (or thought of), if any?

 

What might it cost??

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