Best Ideas 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.


Stage of Idea conceptual stage

Explain your idea in details:

The foundation of the idea is to monitor data collected from the pump including metrics such as litres of water being dispensed, soil moisture levels and power consumption to accurately manage waste and notice benefits both environmentally and financially. With the updated pump design we aim to tackle some of the biggest pitfalls of conventional pump sets reliability, efficiency & size and by making these changes and monitoring them continuously we hope to notice a positive impact in the amount of water wasted. Higher efficiency pump design -Achieved by creating tighter tolerance impellers, utilising parallel pumping systems that would activate both pumps only when necessary to help larger farms reduce power consumption, and using all-electric motors as the sole driving source for our pump-sets. Accurate pump size -Through calculations including land size, soil type, and expert opinion pump size would be determined to best fit the farmer's requirements to avoid improperly-sized pumps. This will directly reduce water waste. Moisture sensors -High-resolution moisture sensors would be inserted in key areas of the plot to measure and send data to the pump on soil moisture levels and signal the pump to stop when levels reach the ideal percentage for crop growth. This would have the benefit of helping farmers prevent overwatering Solar-powered - Foldable, mobile solar panel carts would power the pumps. This means besides being able to power the pump whenever required, our pump is free from emissions. Furthermore, a battery store would be able to run the pump for up to 5 cycles during periods without adequate sunlight. Implementation of such a system would benefit the farmer in the long term. Our vision is to create a revolutionary water pump that will be widely utilised in India for its ability to save water, power and reduce emissions all while being accessible & affordable.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

We hope to achieve three main objectives through the implementation of our solution: Reduce CO2 production Reduce water wasted Reduce kilowatt hours of power The success of each can be measured and assessed using these 3 key metrics: Total Water Drawn per year that would be monitored directly by sensors on the pump, CO2 Reduction per year approximated at 1,55,496 tonnes according to calculations, and Energy Savings per year measured in MU. Carbon trading opportunities The 40% of conventional energy saved can successfully be traded on the carbon emissions trading market. This additional revenue can be used to achieve one of our key objectivesaffordable products. Less water waste compared to oversized pumps Solar-powered pumps can be used to replace existing wasteful pump sets that are pumping an amount x+y, where y is the excess amount. Our pumps directly pertain to the needs of farmers by pumping just the required amount x. Subsidies from the government The government provides generous subsidies to help reduce the use of non-renewable energy generation and to help avoid the high initial set up costs of generating power using renewable sources of energy. Higher reliability By using electric centrifugal pumps, the only aspect of our system that would require service would be battery packs which would greatly reduce service costs for the system and save farmers time and money. Farmers need not rely on the national grid Use of solar energy is an effective way for farmers to reduce cost and reliance on power companies. Farmers produce and use electricity, which leads to reductions in the generation of power using non-renewable sources. Electricity bills will be completely eliminated. There will be a net financial gain for farmers as cost savings exceeds the total installation cost.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

STRATEGY: -Market research to identify the specific needs of the Indian farmers -Prototype and design a set of solar centrifugal pumps of varying power that can be used for different land sizes and which are specific to those needs -Spread awareness through workshops and other promotional and advertising methods -Expert assesses the land and determines the correct pump size needed -A pump is manufactured using JIT methods -Once installation is complete, we begin tracking data using onboard sensors to record water and power usage to monitor and control wastage. Workshops Through workshops, skits, videos and other methods, well make farmers aware of the damage they are causing by using incorrect water pump sizes. By informing them about how our solution can save water and energy while also preserving our environment for future generations. Affordability The additional revenue gained through carbon trading can be passed on to consumers in the shape of lower prices. Prices can be reduced further through subsidy payments made by the government, whose intention is to support our use of renewable energy. This allows low income farmers to adopt our solution. Microfinance Part of our solution involves spreading awareness of the numerous microfinance loans and projects available. These small loan amounts and very low interest rates enable farmers to easily use our solution. Working with pressure groups By working with environmental pressure groups working to promote and support the use of efficient water pumps, it would help build brand reputation and ensure future sales through free promotion and advertising. These groups have the objective of promoting such practices. Additional benefits A key issue is trying to incentivise farmers to adopt our environmentally friendly solution. By choosing us, farmers would benefit from free repair and maintenance for 2 years. This will be financed from revenue from trading activities.

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Your profile

Hello, I am Diya Madhusudan from Bangalore, India. I am sixteen years old and currently studying International A levels. The main motivation for this idea came when researching current issues both in my country and worldwide. I discovered that colossal amounts of water were being wasted due to incorrect irrigation techniques of farmers in India. This led me to research possible solutions and come up with ways that this challenge could be tackled. Water is one of our most precious resources and I strongly believe we must protect it and ensure the security of safe water for generations to come. Although I am just a High School student, I strongly believe a revolution starts with a great idea. Which is why my goal with waterevolution is to be able to implement it successfully and notice a positive change in water wastage in India. Some of my most recent accolades include being the Uber global hackathon South and East Asia finalist, founding an online Indian Sign Language education and awareness club to help educate young Indian students online and in my locality on ISL, and receiving an award of Academic Excellence due to my excellent results in examinations.

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