This year's Ashden Awards winner, FuturePump is a Kenya Based company, which designes and manufactures small solar irrigation pumps for farmers. Its manufacturing is done in India, while most of the pumps are sold in Africa at present. It is a reciprocal picton pump, which is powered by a 80 Wp solar panel with a DC motor. It cost comes to about 42,000 Rs. It can pump up to 12,000 litres per day, (Performance: 1,600 litres/hr at 6m, or 2,500 litres/hr at 1m ). It also can lift water upto 10m. It has a Detachable 80 Wp solar panel for security. It works well with storage tanks, drip systems and sprinklers.
We hope such innovations with solar technology continue to help farmers across the globe.