Stanley Black & Decker

A clean technology platform facilitating sustainable irrigation for India’s farmers

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Stanley Black & Decker

New Britain, Connecticut, United States

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Project Summary

Over 25 million farmers use inefficient AC & diesel pumps to draw water from India’s groundwater resources for agricultural irrigation. Besides drastically depleting water tables, inefficient AC pumps use nearly 20% of the total electricity generated in the country, while diesel pumps pollute the atmosphere. Inconsistent water supply due to erratic power, combined with high diesel costs, jeopardize the livelihoods millions of farmers in India.To solve this challenge, Stanley Earth, a division with the Company that focuses on purposeful innovations for the bottom of the pyramid has designed NADI, a high efficiency Solar Pump that is powered with Solar Panels. A Smart IOT based controller monitors environmental and soil parameters to deliver optimal water supply to farmers throughout the day. This agricultural platform when combined with rainwater harvesting to replenish bore-wells, and, drip irrigation to conserve water enables farmers to grow multiple crops a year that improve their livelihoods.

Problem Statement

The Livelihoods of around 500 million Indians depends on sustainable water supply that is vital for agricultural irrigation. Farmers in the country are most impacted by the inconsistent water supply for irrigation. India has over 25 million bore wells that provide water for irrigation via AC & diesel pumps. These inefficient pumps do not are a huge challenge to both the farmers and the government which spends over $10 billion in subsidizing electricity & diesel for farmers. Besides the challenge of sustainable irrigation, there are serious consequences to the environment. Because of erratic power supply, farmers tend to flood irrigate their fields. This practice over time has drastically depleted the water tables across India. The fumes from diesel pumps pollute the environment with tons of CO2 emissions. These problems need a holistic solution that maps water consumption to the agricultural need, protects the water table and replaces inefficient pumps with high efficiency motors & pumps that are driven with clean energy.If we can successfully make a transition where we can replenish bore wells, implement micro irrigation techniques and bundle that with a solar pumps that have embedded intelligence, we can make a huge difference to the agricultural landscape in India.

Solution Overview

Our solution leverages solar energy to drive high efficiency pumps that are integrated with micro-irrigation technologies like drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting practices to enable farmers to have predictable water supply. The largest beneficiaries of this solution are the farmers in India.Our IOT platform allows us to continuously track the progress of this solution. Over a five year period, we will have impacted 5000 farmers. across 10 distinct geographies spread across India

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