Hybrid Vehicles with Exportable Power for Community-Based Agriculture Mechanization

Innovator (Country of Incorporation): 
United States
Collaborators: 
The KVK Foundation (India)
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Motivo Engineering specializes in connected electro-mechanical systems to solve complex challenges across diverse market segments. Motivo’s partner, the KVK Foundation, will draw on their extensive rural development experience in India to introduce new technologies to rural villages.

Problem/Opportunity: 

Today, 2.6 billion people earn their livelihood from agriculture and there are 1.2 billion people who lack access to electricity. As our population expands, farms and agribusinesses need to produce, process and cold transport an increasing amount of food. The agricultural sector needs an easy way to access and use energy in order to increase farm productivity. Farmers across the world need low cost, infrastructure-less electrification and mechanization.

Clean Energy Solution: 

Motivo is developing a “Swiss-Army Knife” system—the Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation (HARVEST)—that solves a wide range of agricultural mechanization and power-related problems. HARVEST is a multi-purpose platform that provides power for plowing, well-drilling, cold storage, and transporting crops to market. The system utilizes power from varied energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, micro-hydro turbines, or the grid to enable increased productivity all along the agriculture value chain. The entire system is operated at the community level, and facilitated by mobile communication technology for scheduling, billing, and payments.

Impact: 

HARVEST democratizes opportunity in agriculture by making available to entire communities huge gains in productivity that are enabled through mechanization and reliable power. Varied energy sources will reduce reliance on increasingly expensive imported diesel, and the system itself will create new skilled jobs for men and women in rural areas in deploying, managing, and maintaining the HARVEST equipment.

Progress Update: 

The partially assembled HARVEST prototype is now in India and is close to being field tested by Indian farmers. It was previously tested in California in small fields and nurseries and the results were used to make the tractor more functional.

Project News: 
Jul. 16, 2016

Praveen Penmetsa, CEO of Motivo Engineering, explains the transformational potential of Motivo's innovative solar-powered Harvest tractor in a recent Forbes interview. Farmers in remote areas will use this machine not only to work the fields, but to store and use power anywhere.

Motivo's HARVEST
May. 12, 2015

Motivo is developing a “Swiss-Army Knife” system—the Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation (HARVEST)—that solves a wide range of agricultural mechanization and power-related problems.