Virtual Forest uses GaNFast™ technology for a solar irrigation revolution in India

Virtual Forest uses GaNFast™ technology for solar irrigation revolution in India (Photo source: Pexels)

Virtual Forest, a leading electronics design firm in India, has partnered with Navitas Semiconductor to introduce a breakthrough solar-powered irrigation solution using GaNFast™ power Integrated Circuits (IC) technology. This initiative marks a crucial step in addressing the challenges faced by farmers who rely on traditional diesel-powered pumps or long-distance electric installations.

Addressing the need for clean and efficient irrigation

For farmers around the world, especially in remote areas, access to water for irrigation requires strong but sustainable solutions. Traditional methods often involve diesel generators or expensive electrical infrastructure. Virtual Forest’s new solar pump, equipped with Navitas’ GaNFast™ technology, offers an innovative alternative. This 3 HP (2,250 W) pump works independently with solar panels and energy storage to deliver clean, reliable and cost-effective irrigation solutions directly to where they are needed.

Key features of the Virtual Forest solar pump

The Virtual Forest solar pump integrates maximum power point tracking (MPPT) technology, ensuring optimal energy consumption of solar panels. It features IoT connectivity, allowing remote monitoring and control with minimal power consumption. This system is capable of pumping more than 50 liters of water per minute to a height of more than 30 meters and can effectively water up to 3 hectares of agricultural land, helping to produce approximately 10 tons of wheat.

Using Navitas’ GaNFast™ technology

Navitas Semiconductor’s GaNFast™ power ICs play a critical role in the efficiency and performance of Virtual Forest’s solar pump. The GaNSense™ half-bridge power ICs provide integrated features such as GaN power FETs, drivers and protection mechanisms, optimizing power consumption and reducing the number of components. This results in energy savings of three to five times compared to older silicon IGBTs, making the system more environmentally friendly and economically viable.

Omer Basith, CEO of Virtual Forest, highlighted the importance of off-grid systems in ensuring food security and energy efficiency, especially in India’s agricultural landscape. The fast-growing solar pump market, valued at $450 million and expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2026, underlines the urgency of sustainable solutions like those from Virtual Forest and Navitas Semiconductor.

Alessandro Squeri, Senior Sales Director of Navitas, praised Virtual Forest’s rapid adoption of GaNSense™ half bridges, highlighting their efficiency and ease of use. Together, these technologies aim to achieve substantial reductions in CO2 emissions, in line with Virtual Forest’s mission to create a greener world through innovative, environmentally friendly solutions.