About FLCTDPumps & Pumping Systems

Who can Participate
The innovation challenge is open to
  • Indian Technical Institutes / Universities
  • Research Institutes
  • Start-ups
  • Not-for-profit Organizations
  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Industries
  • Public Sector Enterprises and Government Laboratories

Pumps & Pumping Systems Challenge is Open Now - Last Date for Application is 15th Sept 2018

The Facility for Low Carbon Technology Deployment (FLCTD) project, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is launching the 2018 Innovation challenge in Pumps Vertical. The broad aim of the FLCTD project is to:
Create a community that links researchers to industry partners, small businesses, innovators and end-users to hasten the market transformation curve of energy efficient technologies leading towards sustainability.
Entries are invited to identify the promising innovations in the areas described below, which can be deployed to address technology gaps and increase energy efficiency in these areas. The total award money for FLCTD Innovation Challenge 2018 in the Pumps is US $200,000.
The Challenge is open for innovation in pumps and pumping systems and includes the following:s

Electric Pumps


Off-grid Pumps (any source of renewable energy)


Diesel Pumps


  • Industrial pumps – Innovations that save energy of pumps that find application in industries, buildings, municipalities (water supply and sewage disposal). Pumps should demonstrate efficiency levels higher than what is available in the market
  • Agricultural Pumps and Pumping Systems – Innovations demonstrating energy savings in pumps or pumping systems comprising of water intake system including valves, pipes, pumps, water delivery system including pipes, valves, water delivery system such as sprinkler, drip irrigation system, for application in, but not limited to, agriculture, horticulture, agro-forestry.
  • Innovations should clearly demonstrate reduction in energy consumption through efficiency improvement in the Pumps or Pumping Systems. This may include, but not limited to:

    Design improvements that reduce energy consumption and overcome application constraints;


    Emerging and novel technology applications that improves efficiency;


    Improvement in material of construction, improvement in hydraulics;


    Innovative service models that result in overall pumping system efficiency improvements.


Incentives for Participation
  • Recognition from Bureau of Energy Efficiency and UNIDO for innovation
  • Mentoring from industry experts
  • Deployment Support will be offered by identifying end users, firms willing to install the winning pumping solutions
  • Verification support to establish the efficacy of innovative technology after commissioning
  • Opportunity to Network with investors and industry stakeholders to publicize the innovation
Incentive for Winners of Innovation Challenge
  • The winners of the Innovation Challenge will receive recognition from Bureau of Energy Efficiency and UNIDO
  • Grant up to USD 50,000 (The award disbursement will be linked to specific milestones)

    30 % of the award grant will be given to the innovator winning the innovation challenge


    50% after installation/commissioning of the innovation


    20% at the end of the deployment phase, upon completion of Technology Verification Reporting


Note: Innovation teams with women entrepreneurs will be given preference.
Parameters for Selection
This is only an indicative list, and is not exhaustive, and is subject to change and modification.
  • Nature of innovation (Product design/Process Innovation)
  • Addresses a key issue/technology gap in the industry
  • Replication potential
  • Energy saving and greenhouse gas emission reduction
  • Financials (pay-back period, Internal Rate of Return)
  • Technology stage (R&D/ Prototype/Pilot demonstration/Commercial)
  • Intellectual Property Right / Patents (granted/applied)
General Guidelines, Terms, and Conditions
  • Participant shall submit solutions/product designs owned by them or to which they have right to claim and use as owned by them. Suitable documents to this effect must be submitted along with the entry.
  • Participant shall ensure that any submission made in the Challenge does not violate any of theirs or any third party's intellectual property rights, confidentiality, trade secret and violate any statutory provisions.
  • BEE, UNIDO, its employees, members of Expert Panel and organizers of this innovation challenge shall in no event be liable for any violation of IPR, or license or permits required from third party.
  • Participant shall not assign any rights, obligations, or privileges hereunder without the prior written consent of Organizers of the Challenge.
  • BEE, UNIDO, Organizers, members of Expert Panel, supporting organizations or any employee or agent shall not be liable for, any costs incurred or loss or liability or loss in expectation of profits or loss due to failure of understanding the terms and conditions of the Challenge or of any expected benefit of the participant in relation to entry and submission in the Challenge.
  • By way of selecting the entries for evaluation at any Stage or for Final Award, Participants shall not be entitled to claim or have got endorsement from BEE and UNIDO of any sought whatsoever, or have earned approval of any sought whatsoever of BEE and UNIDO, for use in any form whatsoever anywhere in the Industry.
  • At any Stage while evaluating the entries, organizers shall be free to contact the Participants and carry out discussions on the matter submitted by the Participants and seek clarifications. Any solicitation by participants in whatever form in respect of their entries shall not be entertained and entries of such participant shall be disqualified from the Innovation Challenge.
  • BEE/UNIDO/Organizers may change the Terms and Conditions of participation at any time without prior notice. It shall be sole responsibility of the Participants to update themselves of information posted in the website from time to time.
  • BEE/UNIDO/Organizers may disqualify a Participants from the Challenge for breach of any of the conditions of this Challenge, or discontinue this Challenge.