About FLCTDSpace Conditioning

Who can Participate
The innovation challenge is open to
  • Indian Technical Institutes / Universities
  • Research Institutes
  • Start-ups
  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Industries
  • Public Sector Enterprises and Government Laboratories
The Facility for Low Carbon Technology Deployment (FLCTD) project, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is launching the 2020 Innovation challenge in Space Conditioning technology vertical.

Entries are invited to the 2020 FLCTD Innovation Challenge for Space Conditioning, Refrigeration and Cold-chain to identify the promising innovations in the areas described below, which can be deployed to address technology gaps and/or reduce energy consumption.

The Challenge is open for innovations in the following technology areas:
  • Space Conditioning – Innovations that save energy in providing the cooling comfort in the built environments without compromising the comfort and functionality of the spaces such as, but not limited to, residential and public buildings, commercial spaces, industrial work spaces, warehouses, and public/private transport such as buses, river/sea ferries
  • Refrigeration – Innovations demonstrating energy savings in application of refrigeration technologies for domestic/commercial/industrial applications including, but not limited to, instant chillers in fishing boats/trawlers, plate freezers, freezer rooms, water-coolers, milk chillers, pack houses and cold room
  • Cold-Chain – Innovative cold-chain solutions in primary, secondary or tertiary segments of the cold-chain to that help to preserve the quality and extend the shelf-life of perishable products including agri-produce, flowers, dairy products, beverages, sea-food, frozen food.
  • All innovative solutions should be based on the proof-of-concept or early stage prototype and clearly indicate the replication potential and opportunities for scale-up, and also the following:

  • Use of refrigerants with zero ODS and low GWP such as (R-290 / R-717) while demonstrating the efficiency benefits;
  • Emerging and novel technology applications that reduces energy consumption, including through system heat reduction and heat gain reduction;
  • Innovations that result in overall efficiency improvements;
  • Design improvements that reduce energy consumption and overcome application constraints;
  • Applications that reduce fossil fuel consumption or lead to integration of renewable source of energy.
Who can Participate
  • The innovation challenge is open to Entrepreneurs, Startups, Indian Technical Institutes / Universities, Research Institutes, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Industries, Public Sector Enterprises and Government Laboratories.
  • Consortiums of entrepreneurs and academic institutions with industry partnerships are highly encouraged to participate in the innovation challenge.
  • Innovation teams with women entrepreneurs will be given preference.
Incentives for Participation
  • Grant up to USD 50,000 for winning technology with provision for demonstration at multiple locations, wherever required;
  • Performance Verification to establish the efficacy of innovative technology in-field working conditions;
  • Business Acceleration and Mentoring support from industry experts;
  • Opportunity to Network with investors and industry stakeholders to publicize the innovation;
  • The winners of the Innovation Challenge will receive recognition from Bureau of Energy Efficiency and UNIDO;
  • Grant disbursement will be linked to specific progress-based milestones

    30 % of the award grant will be given to the innovator winning the innovation challenge


    50% after installation/commissioning of the innovation


    20% at the end of the deployment phase, upon completion of Technology Verification Reporting


Parameters for Selection
This is only an indicative list, and is not exhaustive, and is subject to change and modification.
  • Nature of innovation (Product design/Process Innovation)
  • Addresses a key issue/technology gap in the industry
  • Replication potential
  • Scalability and sustainability
  • Energy saving and greenhouse gas emission reduction
  • Financials (pay-back period, Internal Rate of Return)
  • Technology readiness stage (R&D/ Prototype/Pilot demonstration/Commercial)
  • Intellectual Property Right / Patents(granted/applied)
General Guidelines, Terms, and Conditions
  • Participant shall submit solutions/product designs owned by them or to which they have right to claim and use as owned by them. Suitable documents to this effect must be submitted along with the entry.
  • Participant shall ensure that any submission made in the Challenge does not violate any of theirs or any third party's intellectual property rights, confidentiality, trade secret and violate any statutory provisions.
  • BEE, UNIDO, its employees, members of Expert Panel and organizers of this innovation challengeshall in no event be liable for any violation of IPR, or license or permits required from third party.
  • Participant shall not assign any rights, obligations, or privileges hereunder without the prior written consent of Organizers of the Challenge.
  • BEE, UNIDO, Organizers, members of Expert Panel, supporting organizations or any employee or agent shall not be liable for, any costs incurred or loss or liability or loss in expectation of profits or loss due to failure of understanding the terms and conditions of the Challenge or of any expected benefit of the participant in relation to entry and submission in the Challenge.
  • By way of selecting the entries for evaluation at any Stage or for Final Award, Participants shall not be entitled to claim or have got endorsement from BEE and UNIDO of any sought whatsoever or have earned approval of any sought whatsoever of BEE and UNIDO, for use in any form whatsoever anywhere in the Industry.
  • At any Stage while evaluating the entries, organizers shall be free to contact the Participants and carry out discussions on the matter submitted by the Participants and seek clarifications. Any solicitation by participants in whatever form in respect of their entries shall not be entertained and entries of such participant shall be disqualified from the Innovation Challenge.
  • BEE/UNIDO/Organizers may change the Terms and Conditions of participation at any time without prior notice. It shall be sole responsibility of the Participants to update themselves of information posted in the website from time to time.
  • BEE/UNIDO/Organizers may disqualify a Participants from the Challenge for breach of any of the conditions of this Challenge or discontinue this Challenge.