Innovation Challenge
KWA KSUM Water Innovation Challenge is a challenge open to Engineering students/Graduates to identify a cost effective solution for automating the Vertical Turbine Pump and positive suction Centrifugal Pump operation named “Smart Pumping Stations”.
The Problem Statement
Vertical turbine pumps (VT Pumps) and Positive suction Centrifugal pumps are used in Kerala Water Authority when the suction lift is more than 6 meters and when the suction head is positive respectively and  where high discharge is needed. The pump capacity varies from 50HP to 600HP and all most all raw water pump houses discharging water to WTP and clear water pumping from WTP uses these types of pumps in Kerala Water Authority.

The challenge here is to develop cost effective technology for automating these pumps. Since the discharge is high and population covered is also high, utmost caution is required to take up the automation of this type of pumps. The system should ensure full motor protection and should be compatible with different types of starters viz VFD, Soft Starter, Star Delta, DOL, FCMA etc and should be compatible with old and new type of motors. The system should protect the pumps and other installations from conditions like dry sump, motor dry, foot valve blocked, air lock, impeller jam, high ampere, overload, under load and electrical fluctuations like over voltage, under voltage, phase changes, single phasing. The electric supply to these stations is through 440V, 3.3KV, 6.6KV or 11KV voltages controlled by transformers and substations to the respective pump as designed by the manufacturer. The system shall generate logs and error logs for all success and failure conditions.

Please refer to relevant details of these types of pumps (VT & Positive Section Centrifugal) and working from manufacturers and web media.

Who can apply?
Engineering Students
Critical Dates
Jan 2022
Announcement of Event & Problem Statement
Jan 2022
Last date of submission of entries
Jan 2022
Publishing of Screening List
Jan 2022
Submission of working drawing & presentation of idea
Feb 2022
Final screening of best 5 ideas
Feb 2022
Prototype development and submission
Feb 2022
Field test
March 2022
Selection of Best 3
Get funded for the pilot
Top 5 entries will be funded by KWA for developing the prototype and will be provided with mentoring support from experts from KWA and KSUM.
Prize and Benefits
First Prize - Rs 1.0 Lakh
Second Prize- Rs 50,000 
Third Prize - Rs 25,000
G3B, Thejaswini, Technopark Campus, Kariyavattom, Trivandrum, Kerala 695581
Contact: Varun G
Email: varun@startupmission.in