Publication - Rapid Product Assessment: A New Approach to Testing Productive Use Appliances

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Title
Rapid Product Assessment: A New Approach to Testing Productive Use Appliances
Publisher
VeraSol
Author
This report was authored by Carren Atieno (Kijani Testing), Kinya Kimathi (Kijani Testing), Elisa Lai (CLASP) and Riley Macdonald (CLASP).
Published in
February 2022
Abstract
High-quality productive use equipment (PUE) has the potential to increase the productivity of business owners and farmers in rural and underserved communities, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and accelerate the uptake of renewable energy solutions such as solar home systems and mini-grid developments. However, these nascent PUE are complex technologies with unproven commercial paths, making it risky for off-grid solar companies and distributors to confidently invest in and deploy new PUE.

Access to reliable data and information about the performance, durability, and safety of PUE enables these market stakeholders to make informed decisions and identify high-quality, energy-efficient technologies. Responding to the market needs, VeraSol develops the Rapid Product Assessment framework, which offers a flexible, cost-effective, and timesaving approach to verify the quality of nascent PUE technologies.

Egg incubators were selected as the first trial product for the Rapid Product Assessment approach due to their potential to significantly increase the productivity of poultry farmers and rural households. We partnered with Kijani Testing, a Kenya-based research and testing facility, to conduct egg incubator testing. Read the report for insights on the testing and evaluation processes and learnings from the egg incubator testing pilot.


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