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Micro-Business and Female Small-Scale Farmers in Rural India: Empowerment through Sustainable Energy Technology from Switzerland (Swiss Solar Water Pump, BFH, Dept. Engineering and IT)
Renewable energy technology offers a great potential for the energy transition in non-electrified and under-electrified regions. Field tests of the “Swiss Solar Water Pump” are hence carried out in rural India with networks of female small-scale farmers who jointly operate the pumps for irrigation and crop production during the dry season. Data on crop production and sales on the nearby urban market are collected to validate both pump performance and business model.
Departement BFH | Technik und Informatik
Forschungsschwerpunkt Energie, Verkehr, Mobilität
Forschungsfeld Energy, Transportation, Mobility
Projektziel Test the performance of the "Swiss Solar Water Pump" for irrigation and crop production in small-scale farming. Field tests and business model evaluation are jointly conducted with female farmers' cooperations in rural India.
Kernkompetenzen Technology transfer and competences associated to the market introduction of low-cost sustainable energy technology in emerging markets and developing economies.
Schlüsselwörter Renewable energy technology, field tests, rural India, female farmers, micro-business
Ergebnisse A Kick-off Meeting was held in Bangalore, India, from 6-8 February 2012 to discuss objectives and the schedule of the 2-year (2012-13) project with both business and educational project partners. A subsequent technical meeting in Bangalore (March 2012) focused on the engineering aspects of the pump. After pump installation sites had been identified, a first series of Vane surface pumps was installed in June 2012, and a subsequent monitoring system was applied.
Projektleiter/in Eva Schüpbach,
Mitwirkende Projektpartner Forschungsinstitutionen inkl. BFH Departemente BFH | Technik und Informatik (Energie, Verkehr, Mobilität),
Mitwirkende Projektpartner Wirtschaft AMRO TECHNOLOGY P,
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Projektbeginn 01.01.2012
Geplantes Projektende 31.12.2013
Valorisation Publikation (Buch, Tagungsband, CD, DVD, Web ...) 2
Veranstaltung (Konferenzen, Aufführung, ...) 1
Ausblick Lessons learned were integrated in the further development of the "Swiss Solar Water Pump" technology. For the 2nd series of installation in 2013, the new pumps will be used and new data gathered on pump performance for crop irrigation.
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