Laboratory Testing for Off-Grid Fans


CLASP is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the environmental and energy performance of the appliances and related systems we use every day, lessening their impacts on people and the world around us. CLASP develops and shares transformative policy and market solutions in collaboration with global experts and local stakeholders.

CLASP serves as the Operating Agent for the several programs of the Global Lighting & Energy Access Partnership(Global LEAP), an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) to catalyze and support commercial markets that deliver clean energy access products and services to un- and under-electrified communities throughout the developing world. Global LEAP does this by developing product quality assurance frameworks, promoting demand-side super-efficiency, and encouraging collaboration among donors and other institutions.

To support Global LEAP’s current effort in evaluating quality, durability, energy performance and off-grid appropriateness of off-grid fans[1], CLASP is soliciting cost estimates from qualified test laboratories. Information on the background, test parameters and methods, submittals, and timeline for RFQ submission is provided below.

[1] Off-grid fans refer to electric fans that that are intended for use on off-grid energy systems, such as low-voltage solar home systems, mini- or micro-grids.


Off-grid fans are one of the most demanded product categories in un- and under-electrified regions where off-grid energy systems are used. Quality assured, highly energy efficient, and appropriately designed off-grid appliances like fans accelerate markets for off-grid clean energy systems like SHSs and mini-grids. High quality off-grid appliances create demand for clean energy systems, while energy efficient appliances reduce energy supply costs and maximize the usefulness of every unit of energy generated. As such, these appliances are essential to the development of off-grid markets.

However, a key challenge to the off-grid fan market, and thus to related energy access goals, is the damage to the market caused by low-quality, energy-inefficient, cost-ineffective products. Such products spoil the end-user experience, creating another barrier to market development.
In response to this challenge, Global LEAP partnered with stakeholders from solar home system industry, appliance manufacturers, government and test facilities to develop the test method to evaluate the quality, durability, energy performance and off-grid appropriateness of off-grid fans. The test method for off-grid fans heavily leverages on existing internationally-accepted test methods for fans, such as IEC. In some cases, the referenced methods are modified for off-grid appropriateness.

The Global LEAP Off-Grid Fan Test Method (version 1) is now available to off-grid industry and policy stakeholders and the test methods being utilized by the Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards program and other market transformation programs.

Scope of Work

As directed by CLASP, the test laboratory or team contracted for this work will be responsible for the following:
  1. Coordinate with CLASP on the product shipping process, including providing any necessary assistance related to shipping, notifying CLASP of receipt of product(s), verifying model numbers of received product sample(s). 
  2. Inspect the product sample(s) received and identify and record any external damage. 
  3. Perform tests on product sample(s) as defined in the Global LEAP Off-Grid Fan Test Method (available on GlobalLEAP.org/resources). 
  4. As relevant, document and communicate to CLASP any difficulties with the Global LEAP test methods experienced during product testing. Where relevant and possible, suggest improvements to the test method. 
  5. Record all test results in the Global LEAP Fan Test Method Data Submission Form provided by CLASP and provide brief, succinct descriptions on any relevant observations. 
  6. Submit test results to CLASP within five (5) business days of test completion.
  7. Respond to any inquiries that CLASP may have about testing, including requests for periodic updates about the testing queue and any/all issues that may arise during testing.


It is envisioned that the testing will commence in January 2017 and to be completed by May 2017. The exact testing start date will be coordinated with the contracted test laboratory or team after contract execution.


Companies and organizations that wish to respond to this RFQ must first register as a CLASP Implementing Partner. Registration is easy, and must be completed via the CLASP website before final submittal.

Applicants are required to submit one file with required information as listed below. The file should be named as per the following example: “Organization Name: RFQ5-16”
The quotation for off-grid fan testing must include the following elements:

  • Test laboratory profile, including ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and a summary of qualifications relevant to this assignment: 
    • IEC 60879: Performance and construction of electric circulating fans and regulators (1986)
    • IEC 62257-9-5: Recommendations for small renewable energy and hybrid systems for rural electrification - Part 9-5: Integrated system - Selection of stand-alone lighting kits for rural electrification (2013)
    • IEC 60068-2-78: Environmental testing - Part 2-78: Tests - Test Cab: Damp heat, steady state
  • A summary of regional presence, especially in Africa and Asia, and related experiences of conducting testing for fans or off-grid products, including any experience in round robin testing. 
  • A summary of qualifications of key personnel that will be engaged in the assignment, along with a description of each person’s role
  • Detailed cost estimate (in US Dollars) outlining testing cost and duration for one sample and ten samples respectively, as specified in the following table.


Estimates for One Samples

Estimates for Ten Samples

Cost (USD)



Cost (USD)



Overall Quality Inspection        
Air Delivery in nominal conditions        
Power Input in nominal conditions        
Fan Speed in nominal conditions        
Air Delivery in under- and over-voltage conditions        
Power Input in under- and over-voltage conditions        
Fan Speed in under- and over-voltage conditions        
Air Delivery after harsh environment exposure        
Power Input after harsh environment exposure
Fan Speed after harsh environment exposure
Physical Ingress Protection Test
Drop Test        


The deadline for quotation submission is October 27, 2016. Quotations must be submitted online via the CLASP website using the “Submit Bid” button above and filling out all the requested information. Late or incomplete quotations or quotations submitted directly to anyone at CLASP will not be accepted.

All questions may be addressed to Elisa Lai at elai@clasp.ngo. The last date for submission of questions related to this RFQ is October 24, 2016. We request all inquiries be made by e-mail and not by phone.

Information for Potential Applicants

Confidentiality Statement

All data and information received from Global LEAP designees, CLASP, appliance manufacturers, or other off-grid clean energy access industry stakeholders for the purpose of this assignment are to be treated confidentially and are only to be used in connection with the execution of this assignment. All intellectual property rights arising from the execution of this assignment are assigned to Global LEAP donors and their designees. The contents of data sets or written materials obtained and used in this assignment may not be reused or disclosed to any third parties without the expressed advance written authorization of Global LEAP designees.