16 countries scoring highly in either PV- and/or Grid-eCook viability (highlighted in red in Figure 9 and Figure 10), were shortlisted for detailed investigation based on one or more of the following reasons:
- Existing knowledge of favourable market dynamics by members of the eCook consortium (e.g. ongoing transitions to induction stoves in Bhutan and Ecuador).
- Strong existing partnerships with local institutions (e.g. Solar Nano-grids project partners in Kenya and Bangladesh).
- Favourable characteristics that are representative of a broader group of nations, as identified during the data analysis.
PV-eCook and Grid-eCook viability scores for shortlisted countries
The figure shows the breakdown of the viability scores for each shortlisted country, with some scoring well in either PV- or Grid-eCook and others in both. For example, two Pacific Island nations, Tuvalu and Palau, score highest for Grid-eCook, yet relatively poorly for PV-eCook as they have high levels of grid electrification, attractive fuel markets and a strong enabling environment. Malawi and Vanuatu score particularly poorly for Grid-eCook, as grid electrification rates are low and there is no attractive fuel market. However, the picture is very different for PV-eCook, with Kenya and Vanuatu leading the way due to large off-grid populations and strong SHS markets. Ecuador and Bhutan score lowest for PV-eCook yet relatively highly for Grid-eCook, as grid connection levels are high and the unit cost of electricity is low.