Smallholder farmers are the beneficiaries, as they get access to year-round irrigation at the lowest possible costs, increasing their yields and subsequently their income. Currently, these farmers do not have access to irrigation or are paying high fees for it, despite having potential sources of water nearby. There are two sub-groups:
1. Marginal farmers who are seeking to shift from subsistence to commercial farming
2. Small commercial farmers who are looking to scale up their operations
Mission and Vision
aQysta is on a quest to sustainably provide water for farming. To do so, we are re-investing a majority of our profits back into the business to grow our company and further our mission.
To date, aQysta has reached more than 5,000 beneficiaries, with its hydro-pump technology, irrigated more than 200 hectares of land, pumped more than 300 million litres of water and mitigated 100 tons of CO2 in the process.
The Barsha Pump is driven solely by the water flow of streams, rivers or canals and does not require any fuel or electricity. Hydropower is the most cost-efficient power source for pumping and by harnessing it, the Barsha Pump is capable to provide water 24 hours per day, while featuring high efficiencies.
The Barsha Pump is the first hydropowered irrigation pump, which can lift water directly from a flowing water source and it is propelled by a waterwheel, which makes it suitable for use in a wide range of rivers and canals, without the need for infrastructure (e.g. dams). The Barsha Pump operates purely mechanically, with a minimum number of moving parts, as it creates pressure only through the interaction of water and air columns, based on a proven scientific principle. All these aspects make it a simple and robust solution, with virtually no maintenance requirement, even in water sources with a high content of sediments.
The waterwheel incorporates a patent pending, integrated spiraling channel which performs the pumping function. This innovation leads to an unprecedented architecture that allows to increase the efficiency of the pumping principle by 50% and for a lighter (therefore portable) product, which is mass producible in a cost-efficient manner, at a standardized quality. The Barsha Pump is designed as an assembly kit, so that it can easily be put together on site without the need for specialized knowledge or tools, which allows to greatly reduce shipping volume.
The Barsha pump is the most versatile hydro-powered pump available on the market, as it does not require any infrastructure to implement and can be directly placed in rivers without the need for an input head. Other hydro- powered pumps (such as RAM pumps), require input head greater than 1 meter to operate which limits the geographic areas of their applicability.
The Barsha Pump is cost effective and requires significantly less maintenance and is of much lighter weigh than deviant product architectures.
Compared to fossil fuel powered pumps or electric pumps, the Barsha Pump has a slightly larger purchasing price but breaks even within 12-24 months (depending on local energy tariffs). Compared to a solar pump of similar capacity, the Barsha is around half as capital intensive, easier to operate and maintain and not as dependent on daily weather conditions, such as clouds, shadows, etc. Furthermore, it allows to pump water after sun-hours, when water does not evaporate as much.
Planned Goals and Milestones
Leveraging the use agricultural fairs, magazines, social media, trade missions and attending conferences and events