Environmental organization Greenpeace is hosting a competition calling upon inventors, designers, and students to develop a water pump that’s portable, affordable, and powered by a renewable energy source.
The competition, titled “Energy [R]evolution: Clean Pumping,” was launched as a reaction to the use of diesel-powered pumps in India and in various parts of the world. In some areas in India, farmers use cheap diesel pumps to water their crops since they don’t have a power grid. These diesel pumps contribute greatly to air and water pollution and are quite costly due to the rising prices of diesel fuel.
The design challenge initiated by Greenpeace aims to find a cheap yet environment-friendly alternative to diesel water pumps.
The designs submitted to the competition must meet mandatory requirements such as portability, robustness and serviceability, and ability to pump enough water to irrigate one hectare. The cost of the water pump system must not go over “one lakh” Indian rupees (100,000 rupees; ca. US$ 1500 at current exchange rate) and must assume a ‘groundwater table at 5m depth.’
There are four awards in store for the competition participants: the Early Bird Prize, Jury Prize, Community Prize, and Consulting Package.
The deadline for submissions is on November 15th.