Infineon invites startup, SMEs, research institutes, design houses to design motor drive for solar pumps.
Applicants will be sent a kit and given Infineon components like power devices, Controllers, Sensors, SMPS IC’s and Connectivity chips, to prepare the designs and the best designs will emerge as winners of the challenge.
The top 3 entries get a chance to win gadgets worth over INR 8 Lakhs!

Infineon Solar Pump Motor Drive Design Challenge 2021

The “Infineon Solar Pump Motor Drive Design Challenge 2021”, in collaboration with Startup India, invites the industry, SMEs and Startups to participate and compete for the best motor drive solution for solar pumps. The winners will get access to the fast growing Pump drive market for further development and manufacturing of their working solution or/and collaborate with a industry player / manufacturer to integrate their solution with an ongoing working pump project.


Program Details


This Challenge is open to Individuals, Startups, SMEs  who are keen in designing innovative solutions for Motor drives for Solar Pump



Infineon Solar Pump Motor Drive Design Challenge 2021

ईशाना वार्याणां क्षयन्तीश्चर्षणीनाम् । अपो याचामि भेषजम् ||

(Water, may the divinity in Water dwell in the Farm lands, Water, I implore you to give nutrition (to the crops))

It is estimated that the production of pumps in India is presently of the order of ₹3,500 crores, (US$ 750 million), with over one million pumps produced every year. This creates a high volume local demand for drives for solar pumps and overall pump market for energy efficient operation.

India’s vibrant pump manufacturing industry is able to meet most of the domestic market demand. However, electronics is still in infancy for this industry and most manufacturers rely on overseas suppliers for drives. This results in high forex outgo, non-build-up of local competence and weak supply chain. India has the potential to become a global lead in the solar pump industry once a complete ecosystem is in place.

Infineon Technologies, a world leader in semiconductors, launched its ‘Infineon Solar Pump Motor Drive Challenge 2021' initiative to encourage affordable and reliable solar powered irrigation systems for farmers – design and manufactured locally. Organized in collaboration with Startup India, AGNIi - housed under Invest India, and in partnership with Avnet, the program seeks the best design in motor drive solution for solar pumps.

This Challenge is open to Individuals, Startups, SMEs who are keen in designing innovative solutions for Motor drives for Solar Pump.

Why Solar Pumps will make a difference?

Solar-powered pumps run on power generated by photovoltaic panels replacing grid- or diesel-run generators. This alleviates the pressure on weak rural grids and eliminates pollution from diesel-operated pumps.

In developing nations like India, the agriculture sector offers a substantial opportunity for the growth of the solar water pump market. India is endowed with solar irradiation to facilitate a booming solar pump ecosystem. A great boon for the environment, enablement of solar pumps across the country will reduce need for heavier investment in grid infrastructure, improve farmers’ livelihood and decrease reliance on imported crude.

Government of India focus on Solar with Project KUSUM

India’s Union Budget 2020 has laid a major emphasis on use of solar energy for farming under the ambitious Pradhan Mantri-Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan (PM-KUSUM) scheme, with an outlay of ₹34,422 crores (US$4.7 billion). The PM-KUSUM scheme was launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in 2019 to support installation of solar pumps in rural areas and reduce dependence on grid. Solarization would reduce dependence of these pumps on conventional electricity thus reducing the requirement of subsidized electricity for agriculture and provide additional source of income to farmers who will be in a position to sell the surplus power to the utility.

The PM KUSUM scheme has three components:

•              10,000 MW of decentralized ground mounted grid-connected renewable power plants (Component-A)

•              Installation of 17.50 lakh standalone solar powered agriculture pumps (Component-B)

•              Solarization of 10 lakh grid-connected solar powered agriculture pumps (Component-C)


Startup India & AGNIi

Infineon collaborates with Startup India & AGNIi - housed under Invest India – for program outreach and to identify possible match for potential innovation based on the given problem statement with zero cost involved.

Invest India, is the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of India and act as the first point of reference for investors in India. Invest India focuses on sector-specific investor targeting and development of new partnerships to enable sustainable investments in India. Invest India also partners with substantial investment promotion agencies and multilateral organizations. Invest India also actively works with several Indian states to build capacity as well as bring in global best practices in investment targeting, promotion and facilitation areas. Invest India, set up in 2009, is a non-profit venture under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

Startup India, housed under invest India, is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, intended to catalyze startup culture and build a strong and inclusive ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in India. Since the launch of the initiative on 16th January, 2016, Startup India has rolled out several programs with the objective of supporting entrepreneurs, and transforming India into a country of job creators instead of job seekers.

Accelerating Growth of New India’s Innovation (AGNIi) is a flagship initiative under the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. It is one of the nine missions launched under the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) and is housed at Invest India. AGNIi focuses on supporting innovation commercialization, helping government, enterprise and non-profit sectors benefit from emerging technology innovations from Indian start-ups and the public R&D ecosystem. 

Industry Partners

Avnet is one of the program partners, supporting in making available components to shortlisted teams for prototype development.

Avnet is a global technology solutions provider with an extensive ecosystem delivering design, product, marketing and supply chain expertise for customers at every stage of the product lifecycle. We transform ideas into intelligent solutions, reducing the time, cost and complexities of bringing products to market. For nearly a century, Avnet has helped its customers and suppliers around the world realize the transformative possibilities of technology.


Amber Enterprises India is a leading integrated solution provider for HVAC. Established in 1990, Amber Group has emerged as a market leader in Air conditioning system manufacturing, BLDC motors and Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS). With a market share of 50% in Mobile AC, Amber has 15 manufacturing facilities strategically located across the country.

Amber's mission is to be No.1 OEM & Parts manufacturing company through excellent services to customers. Amber supports Atmanirbhar Bharat and start-up initiatives.

Winning team will receive support from Amber to develop a prototype drive solution.


Virtual Forest is one of India’s leading suppliers of Motor Control and Human Interface electronics. We service the home appliance and fluid movement ecosystem with 8 manufacturing locations strategically located around India. Two R&D facilities and a state of the art environmental testing lab. Virtual Forest is Infineon’s preferred design house partner in India for home appliances and fluid movement.

It is our mission to transform ideas into innovative green technologies.

Winning Teams will receive support from Virtual Forest to develop a prototype drive solution, as well as an introduction to the solar pump industry for promotion of the solutions.