aQysta’s low cost and sustainable irrigation pump was awarded this year’s Climate-KIC innovate clean-tech venture award.
Last week Climate KIC, the European Union’s main climate innovation initiative, named the Dutch based start-up aQysta as the winner of this year’s clean-teach venture. Based on the terms of the grant, the company will receive €40,000 worth of investment, along with media support and coaching.
aQysta’s product, named Barsha pump, is an innovation and inexpensive irrigation water pump for small and medium-sized farmers, that operates only with the use of hydro power and requires no electricity or fuel. In addition, aQysta’s Barsha pump requires almost no maintenance and can be installed in any location with flowing water. As for the price tag, the Barsha pumps are up to 70 percent cheaper than the conventional diesel/gasoline pumps and should provide a return on investment in less than one year.
At the moment, the company plans on marketing its product in Nepal, where more than 76 percent of the population depend on cultivation as the main source of livelihood.