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|| eCook Global Market Assessment Where will the transition take place first?
|| Simon Batchelor, Matthew A Leach, Jon Leary, Ed Brown
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|| July 2018
|| The aim of this global study is to support a strategic long term mix of interventions that seek to pre-position research and knowledge on eCook such that when the pricing of components and systems reaches viability, donors, investors, private sector and civil society can take rapidly eCook to scale. The objectives of the study are to locate, quantify and characterize the market for eCook in each country. eCook is a potentially transformative battery electric cooking concept designed to offer clean cooking and access to electricity to poorer HouseHolds (HHs ) currently cooking on charcoal or other polluting fuels (Batchelor 2013; Batchelor 2015a; Batchelor 2015b).
Leach & Oduro (2015) constructed an economic model, breaking down PV-eCook into its component parts and tracking key price trends. The study concluded that by 2020, monthly repayments on PV-eCook were likely to be comparable with the cost of cooking on charcoal. Brown & Sumanik-Leary's (2015), review of behavioral change challenges highlighted two distinct opportunities, which open up very different markets for eCook: o PV-eCook uses a PV array and charge controller in a comparable configuration to the popular Solar Home System (SHS) and is best matched with rural, off-grid contexts. o Grid-eCook uses an AC battery charger to create distributed HH storage for unreliable or unbalanced grids and is expected to best meet the needs of people living in urban slums or peri-urban areas at the fringes of the grid (or on a mini-grid) where blackouts are common.
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