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BUAS / UNIBE - India

Micro-Business and Female Small-Scale Farmers in Rural India: Innovation Through Sustainable Energy Technology

 

Contract: 2011.25
Photovoltaics

Micro-Business and Female Small-Scale Farmers in Rural India: Innovation Through Sustainable Energy Technology

Project Type :

Pilot Project

 

Technology :

Photovoltaics

Country :

India

 

Project Status :

Completed

Projektstart :

January 2012

 

End of Project :

December 2016

Partners :

Berner Fachhochschule, Technik und Informatik, Biel, www.bfh.ch, Eva Schüpbach

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Swiss Contribution

The Laboratory for Industrial Electronics (Institute of Engineering and Information Technology) has developed this water pump together with experts in international collaboration like Caritas and Seecon. Prof. Dr. Eva Schüpbach collaborates regularly together with Indian institutions of higher education in the field of Global Change.

Description

This pilot project aims at implementing sustainable energy technology in small-scale farming in rural India, with an initial focus on the Karnataka state. The technology introduced is the “Swiss Solar Water Pump”, a unique low cost 80 W photovoltaic water pump system developed by Bern University of Applied Sciences. The main advantages of the Swiss Solar Water Pump are the low price, the local production and service, the small size and flexibility and the long lifetime. Based on past experiences, the implementation strategy is targeting women groups and networks of female entrepreneurs. A combined educational and business approach is adopted by the participating institutions of higher education and SMEs from India and Switzerland.

Documentation

The Final Report "Micro-Business and Female Small-Scale Farmers in Rural India - Innovation through Sustainable Energy Technology" is available at www.repic.ch.