Enzen Global Solutions, an energy and environmental consulting firm, is working on a pilot project aimed at optimising pump efficiency and thereby seeing a cut in power bills, a top company official said today.

Enzen is involved in a pilot project near Bangalore, whereby the requirement of these farmers is being studied.

The area of land to be irrigated, the water level required, and the pump that could cater to these requirements are being studied, Bangalore-based Enzen Global Solutions Head Enterprise Solutions Madhusudan told PTI.

The measures being explored were bringing down the inefficiency of water pumps and using technology that could optimise irrigation of these lands.

In India shortage of power, subsidised power and growing pressure on government and utilities to meet increasing demand for power has thrown various challenges, “The main challenge is to ensure optimium use of power available,” he said.

Nearly 30-35 per cent of power is consumed by farmers.

However, awareness of deploying energy efficient tools was minimum, he said.

“Most of the pumps used for agriculture are just 20-22 per cent power efficient. Many of these pumps were oversized pumps,” he said. “The pumps being huge used a lot of power to draw water. The size of the pump, the power drawn was totally mismatched with the land to be irrigated.” he added.

In the first year the company hopes to achieve 20 per cent saving on energy bills.

The measures being explored were bringing down the inefficiency of water pumps and using technology that could optimise irrigation of these lands.

“Saving energy is our aim”, said Madhusudan whose firm hopes to significantly cut down energy bills by replacing these energy guzzling pumps by efficient pumps.

“Some of these pumps are very old almost 20 years”, he said.

By replacing the pumps the company in 10 years time hopes to take power efficiency level in the pumps from current 22 per cent to 100 per cent in a phased manner.

In the first year the company hopes to achieve 20 per cent saving on energy bills.