aQysta, Zero energy irrigation

The challenge

Farmers with elevated plots of land have limited options to irrigate their crops. They can carry buckets of water up by hand or mule, or they can rent a polluting and high maintenance diesel pump.

The solution

Dutch student Pratap Thapa, originally from Nepal, founded aQystato develop the Barsha pump. The hydro-powered pump utilizes energy from the flow of rivers and canals to pump up water. The pump operates without any fuel or electricity. The Barsha pump provides access to water, securing food production In addition, it can serve as a tool for social and economic transformation, without causing any harm to the environment.

The impact

The Barsha pump has been deployed in 13 countries around the world. So far it has irrigated 200 hectares of land, pumped 300 million litres of water and reduced 100 tons of CO2emissions.

EIT Climate-KIC’s role

The EIT Climate KIC Acceleratorprogramme helped aQysta formulate the business strategy and explore their customer base. Having won the EIT Climate-KIC Venture Competition in 2014, aQysta received widespread media attention. The company expanded its offices to Nepal, Indonesia, Malawi and Colombia. Today, aQysta is leading partner in the EIT Climate-KIC innovation project HYPPR (short for Hydro-Powered and Profitable Paulownia Reforestation) in Spain, contributing to the reforestation of abandoned farmland.

 
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Nederland
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