Virtual Forest partners with Infineon for the ‘Infineon Solar Pump Motor Drive Design Challenge 2021
Virtual Forest has partnered with Infineon Technologies, a world leader in semiconductors, for the “Infineon Solar Pump Motor Drive Design Challenge 2021”, which has been announced, in collaboration with Startup India, AGNIi – housed under Invest India. The Challenge invites the industry, SMEs and startups to participate and compete for the best motor drive solution for solar pumps.
The winners of the competition, with support from Virtual Forest, will get a chance to see their ideas developed into working prototypes, thus getting access to the fast growing Pump drive market for further development and manufacturing of their working solution or/and collaborate with an industry player / manufacturer to integrate their solution with an ongoing working pump project. Virtual Forest, with its unique infrastructure footprint and competence, will help productionize the winning designs, enabling innovators to overcome the major hurdle of turning a concept to product that prevents innovative ideas from seeing the light of day.
“The Design Challenge fits well with the goal of Virtual Forest to become a virtual lab for Indian appliance manufacturers looking to turn their concepts into reality in a cost effective and efficient manner. As we are a start-up as well, it is extremely exciting to be supporting other start-ups jumpstart commercialization of their concepts,” said Omer Basith, Founding Director and CEO of Virtual Forest.
India’s vibrant pump manufacturing industry is able to meet most of the domestic market demand. However, electronics is still in infancy for this industry and most manufacturers rely on overseas suppliers for drives for these pumps. This leads to high outgo of Forex and results in a weak supply chain with dependency on other countries for the supply of drives. India has the potential to become a global lead in the solar pump industry once a complete ecosystem is in place.
About the Challenge:
Infineon launched the ‘Infineon Solar Pump Motor Drive Challenge 2021' initiative to encourage affordable and reliable solar powered irrigation systems for farmers – designed and manufactured locally.
This Challenge is open to Individuals, Startups and SMEs who are keen to design innovative solutions for Motor Drives for Solar Pumps, production of which is presently of the order of ₹3,500 crores (US$ 750 million), with over one million pumps produced every year. This creates a high volume local demand for drives for solar pumps and overall pump market for energy efficient operation. This Challenge also supports the Make in India, Atmanirbhar Bharat and Pradhan Mantri-Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan (PM-KUSUM) initiatives; wherein PM-KUSUM is aimed at farming system development through innovation and technology that is homegrown.
About Virtual Forest
Virtual Forest is a Bangalore based start up, established in November 2019 that transforms ideas into innovative green technologies for home appliances for the Indian homes. It designs and builds unique, purpose built motor control drives along with application specific motor control algorithms which are optimized for reliability and energy efficiency. Virtual Forest products are created for specific use cases like Motor Control for Inverter Air Conditioning, Motor Control for Solar Pumping etc. The Product Portfolio includes Inverter AC Motor Control Solution Motor control PCB upto 3KW for inverter air conditioners that are currently Imported in India; The Ashoka Solar Pump Controller a MNRE approved solar pump controllers upto 7.5 HP again that help inimport replacement, the Neem Drive which is Conversion kit for traditional AC’s to inverter AC’s and a high voltage motor control solution for BLDC Ceiling Fans. More details of the Company can be found at www virtualforest.in