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SUNFLOWER PUMP. ILRI, 12 th April 2012. The Sunflower Pump. What is the Sunflower pump?. Solar thermal household water pump Designed for irrigation Allows dry season cultivation of cash crops Ground water depth range < 15m Suction pumping also possible Add-on – battery, mobile charge?

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sunflower pump

SUNFLOWER PUMP

ILRI, 12th April 2012

what is the sunflower pump
What is the Sunflower pump?
  • Solar thermal household water pump
  • Designed for irrigation
  • Allows dry season cultivation of cash crops
  • Ground water depth range < 15m
  • Suction pumping also possible
  • Add-on – battery, mobile charge?
  • Target cost 4500 – 6000 Birr
design criteria
Design criteria
  • Low capital cost
  • Negligible running costs,
  • High daily water yield
  • Hard wearing
  • Manual back-up
  • Simple components to maximise local manufacturing and assembly
  • VLOM (like a bicycle)
key benefits
Key Benefits
  • Create income generating opportunities for poor small holder farmers
  • Improve food security during dry seasons (climate change adaptation)
  • Free children and women from the onerous task of lifting water
  • Provide an alternative to polluting, expensive fossil fuel pumps
  • Catalyse creation of small businesses in manufacturing, assembly, repairs, sales etc.  
  • Provide other rural power requirements  
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Team

International

  • Sunflower.org (UK) – company dedicated to commercialisation of solar steam pump
  • Practica Foundation (Holland) – appropriate technology research and development NGO
  • IDE (Ethiopia & US) – NGO focused on ‘creating income generating opportunities for rural poor’

Local

  • Manufacturing Partners – to manufacturer, assemble, install , post-sales service.
  • Local Facilitating Partners – promotion, training, quality control, maintenance i.e. Technology Support
development timeline
Development timeline
  • 1980s - 2009 experimentation and testing of early prototypes
  • 2009 – working prototype that satisfies all design criteria
  • 2010 – initial field testing in Ziway, Oromia
  • 2011 – design and testing of improved prototype in Netherlands; market and manufacturing study in Ethiopia
  • 2012 – further supply chain research, trial manufacturing and assembly of 10 – 20 units in Addis/Bahir Dar; extended field testing/pilot installations around Ethiopia.
  • 2013 – manufacturing blueprint; selection of local partners; volume production; development and training of support services, marketing and sales

Funding secured

Not funded

funding
Funding
  • Liberty Foundation – 150, 000 Euros
    • R & D
    • Market study
    • Local manufacturing study
    • Ten improved prototypes in field
  • REEEP/IDE – 150, 000 Euros
    • Supply chain study
    • Financing mechanisms
    • Local v global production study
    • Design optimisation for mass production
    • Development of training materials
market potential
Market potential

This represents a total of almost 100, 000 households.

nation development
Nation Development
  • Growth and transformation plan
  • Green economy
  • Business and job creation
  • Climate change resilience
  • Green energy for Millennium Development Goals
  • Ethiopian pump exports
next steps
Next steps
  • Trial local manufacturing of improved prototype
  • Extended field testing/demonstration
  • Identify facilitating partners
  • Development of Technology Support Program
    • Promotion and dissemination
      • Establishment of repair and maintenance network
      • Training and production of training materials
      • Certification/ Quality control
      • Agreements with credit agencies
    • Low volume deployment in one/two Regions
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