The first Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC) aimed to find ways to address three energy sector development challenges across ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs) through partnerships with high-level technology providers.   

Technology providers were invited to submit a proposal to conduct a proof-of-concept/pilot of their high-level technology solution to address these development challenges for an eligible DMC.

Selected proposals received grant funding from ADB through the High-Level Technology Fund.

Three targeted energy sector development challenges were:  

  • Efficient clean heating/cooling solution 
  • Renewable energy-based micro-grids 
  • Artificial intelligence for energy demand management 

The call for Expressions of Interest was opened in October 2019 and closed in November 2019. After the Energy TIC panel’s thorough review, shortlisted applicants were informed and invited to submit their detailed proposal. The shortlisted applicants then underwent another phase of review and deliberation.

ADB has chosen the following service providers (arranged in alphabetical order):

Efficient clean heating/cooling solution challenge

Asano Taiseikiso Engineering Co., Ltd.

Technology: Development of clean cooling and heating system by utilization of unused industrial wastewater in Viet Nam

The technology will recover the heat of wastewater that has not been used and wasted at factories in Viet Nam. The heat will be converted and supplied to the heating and cooling demands of factories.

The innovative technology will maximize the energy efficiency by combining effective heat recovery. The project will contribute to energy conservation and carbon dioxide emission reduction in the ASEAN region.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Technology: High efficiency solar air conditioning for hot and humid environments in Indonesia

CSIRO has developed a robust, economical, and efficient air conditioning solution that uses solar energy. Aside from the renewable energy integration, this technology actively controls humidity of the air stream to provide latent cooling.

Large scale uptake of this technology will help ASEAN countries move towards a lower carbon future and address the challenge of growing air conditioning demand on the electricity grid networks.

Renewable energy-based micro-grids challenge


Technology: Development of a 10kW hybrid microgrid demonstration project in the Philippines

The project features Helios PowerWheel, which generates low-cost, reliable micro-hydropower from virtually any flowing water. This patented technology is suited for rural applications and integrates seamlessly with any microgrid configuration. The units are easy to install, modular, and scalable, with a lifetime cost less than half that of other energy solutions, no environmental impact on water or wildlife, and a footprint that is only a fraction of wind and solar systems. Learn more.

There was no declared winner under the Artificial intelligence for energy demand management category.

Continue to monitor the Technology Innovation Challenge page to get updates on the next TIC.