- Sunmint Energy Pvt Ltd secured the first runner-up spot, and Ether Energy Pvt Ltd secured the second runner-up spot
- The challenge aimed to support the Government of India’s countrywide ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, ‘Make In India’ & ‘PM-KUSUM’ initiatives
The ‘Infineon Solar Pump Motor Drive Design Challenge 2021′ initiative concluded with the announcement of three top submissions for working designs in motor drive solution for solar pumps. Konmos Technology Pvt Ltd won the challenge, Sunmint Energy Pvt Ltd secured the first runner-up spot, and Ether Energy Pvt Ltd secured the second runner-up spot. The winning teams were awarded electronics gadgets worth a total of up to Rs 8 lakh. Alongside, the winning team was also offered an opportunity to further build on their solution as part of a pilot project with the challenge industry partners, Amber Enterprises & Virtual Forest, with funding of up to Rs 5 lakh.
Kamath Suresh, Managing Director, Avnet India said, “Avnet has been working closely with local companies to drive solar power solutions that support India in achieving its renewable energy target of 450 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. We are excited to be part of this meaningful partnership, supporting local innovators to develop solutions that provide cleaner, more sustainable and affordable energy in India.”
Organised in collaboration with Invest India and in partnership with Avnet India, the challenge sought a viable solution for solar pump motor drives to enable local manufacturers in India to reduce overall dependency on imports, and support domestic solar pump ecosystem. The challenge aimed to support the Government of India’s countrywide ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, ‘Make In India’ & ‘PM-KUSUM’ initiatives.
Bringing together techies and the business experts
Vivek Mahajan, Vice President & Division Head for Industrial Power Control, Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific added, “Solar pump manufacturers rely on overseas suppliers for drives, hampering build-up of local competence and ecosystem. To reverse the effects, it is integral to build energy efficient and cost effective motor drive solutions for pumps .This initiative is aimed at bridging the gap between the real and the digital world, by bringing together techies and the business experts on the same platform and build a viable, marketable solution which will support the Indian Solar Pump industry.”
Infineon has been actively engaging with the startup and entrepreneur ecosystem in India since 2017. Over the past few years, the company has partnered with the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) at Niti Aayog and various incubators across India including Electropreneur Park and NSRCEL nurture promising startups and drive tomorrow‘s solutions addressing some key societal concerns. Infineon has been actively funding technology-based healthcare solutions developed by premier institutes to enable India to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.