The power scenario in India, its impact and probable solution
The crippling power crisis in most parts of India has got the Government in a bind apart from having a pernicious influence on the growth prospects and the trajectory India aims to course through in the years ahead. In an economy that is chronically stricken with energy issues, a 12.5% energy shortage in power and electricity supply is not breaking news.
Power outages becoming the order of the day, frustrates many segments and strata of the society. The ramifications of power paralysis are listed below:
1. Businesses suffer colossal losses with many small scale businesses on the brink of closure
2. Agriculture encounters poor irrigation of crops due to lack of water which the pump sets need to provide from borewells /openwells. It has also contributed to social consequences
3. Water supply, both in rural and urban areas for domestic use, is challenged
Encountered with a daunting task of ensuring power and water to the various sectors, the Government is forced into a catalytic phase to look for alternate / renewable solutions to surmount this grave issue.
Of the multiple renewable solutions that are available, embracing solar as the solution to adequately support in the current critical scenario appears to be a prudent move by the Government.
Solar pumps are useful where grid power is unavailable, or of poor quality and unreliable. The solar pumping systems are widely used for agriculture and livestock, rural /tribal area water supply, forest, and host of other areas where electrification is a challenge. Industries and commercial buildings have also taken recourse to harnessing sun power in right earnest.
Grundfos Solar pumping solutions and its multi-dimensional advantages
Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd (Grundfos India) a forerunner in sustainable pump solutions announced today that it has sold more than 8,800 solar pumps across the country. The company has sold and installed its solar pump solutions across states such as Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Through these solar pump solutions, Grundfos India has helped create a positive impact on the socio-economic lives of thousands of people in rural India. Inspite of many others making solar pumps in India or importing them Grundfos continues to be the market leader in this segment due to its reliability.
Grundfos solar water pumping solutions offered in multiple rural and tribal areas has assisted, in some degree, in surmounting some of the core challenges the country is confronting viz poverty alleviation, livelihood creation, food security, water availability and access, provision of education and healthcare, energy security and environmental protection.
Commenting on this key milestone, Ranganath N.K, Managing Director, Grundfos India said, “In India, over 700,000 villages do not have access to water. An off-grid, self-sustaining solar pumping solution is the quickest way to provide water to millions. As a company which is committed to a greener and cleaner planet, Grundfos India constantly focuses on offering energy efficient and sustainable pumping solutions, of which solar water pumps is one among them”.
Rishi Kapoor, Founder of Sunlit Future – an Auroville-based Solar Energy Solutions & Energy Efficiency Consultancy which provides high quality solar energy solutions in India testifies to the quality of Grundfos Pumps. When asked about his experience with using Grundfos pumps, he said, “We have installed Grundfos SQ Flex mostly in rural and tribal areas of India where electricity is unavailable. These pumps come with a long life and have lasted for about 15-20 years. Grundfos pumping solutions have offered affordable, reliable and clean water to countless villagers.”
The SQ Flex /SP Flex ( Submersible bore well Solar pumps) and CR flex ( Surface solar pumps) systems can be adapted to any water supply need according to the conditions of the installation site as they are very light weight and flexible with regard to the energy supply and performance.
Commenting on Grundfos’ solar pump solutions, Nirmal Nathan, the owner of Rose Gardens- a sustainable organic farm in Trichy, said “I purchased three Grundfos SQFlex pumps about two and a half years ago for my organic farm. According to me, Grundfos pumps are the best in the world. SQFlex in particular is self-regulatory and requires minimum labour. In absence of sunlight or when the water level is less, the pump switches off automatically. In four years, one can expect the return on investment and for the next 15 years, one can reap its benefits. It is not just the product but the service offered by Grundfos that is also matchless”.
Details of Grundfos solar pumps briefly:
SQ Flex (Solar Submersible pump with built in inverter, frequency converter and motor protections)
- Can operate on Solar, wind , genset, battery and single phase AC power source
- Delivers between 50 to 19000LPH @ heads between 2 to 250m
- Operates at 30-300VDC and 90-240VAC single phase
- Input Power range: 40 to 1400W.
CR Flex (Solar Surface pumps with built in inverter, frequency converter and motor protections)
- Can operate on Solar, genset, and single phase AC power source
- Delivers between 1000 to 32000LPH @ heads between 2 to 150m
- Operates at 30-300V DC and 90-240V AC single phase
- Input Power range: 70 to 1750W.
SP Flex (Solar Submersible pumps with external inverter, frequency converter and motor protections)
- Can operate on Solar and three phase AC power source
- Delivers upto a maximum of 180,000LPH @ head upto 500m
- Motor capacity : 2.2KW upto 18.5KW
About Grundfos India:
Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd. (Grundfos India) a wholly owned subsidiary of Grundfos Holdings was established in March 13, 1998. Grundfos India is responsible for sales of Grundfos products in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives. Currently, Grundfos India has more than 250 employees and works with 200 distributors and dealers with 20 offices across India. Grundfos India provides pumps and pumping solutions for various applications – heating and hot water service systems, cooling and air-conditioning systems, industrial applications, pressure boosting and liquid transfer, groundwater supply, domestic water supply, sewage and wastewater, dosing, chlorination systems, disinfection systems and pumps running on renewable energy. For more information, visit http://www.grundfos.in/
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