Social Impact Project for Senior Structural Engineering Expert - Hydropowered Irrigation Pump development

How This Works

In the MovingWorlds Institute Global Fellowship, you will learn how to advance your for-good career while getting hands on experience on projects like this one.

Project Description and Impact

We are a start up based in the YES!Delft Incubator, developing innovative hydro-powered pumps, which use the energy from flowing water sources such as rivers or canals to pump water without using any fuel or electricity. We strive to offer a solid value proposition to its customers while creating a positive impact in the world.

Our first product, the Barsha Pump has currently been sold in 12 countries across 4 continents. While developed using low-volume production techniques, we are currently scaling up the production of the Barsha Pump while transitioning to high-volume production techniques. This to facilitate optimizing the cost and performance of the product.

Starting in October 2017, we will start developing a much larger hydro-powered spiral pump, the so called Hy-Pump. This pump will be built into a weir in irrigation canals to form an integral part of an irrigation system. The water flowing through the channel will provide the hydro-power needed to drive the pump.

The Hy-Pump pump will be able to pump approximately 20 liters per second and to a maximum head of up to 25 meter. In contrast, the current Barsha Pump is a portable product which can pump up to 0,5L/s to a height of 20 meters.

We are looking for a Senior Structural Engineering Expert with extensive experience in performance- and cost optimization of parametrically designed infrastructure frameworks.

Learning Opportunity

By participating in the MovingWorlds Institute, you will first learn social impact frameworks and human-centered design before putting your existing skills and new knowledge to action.In addition, this organization will expose you to new things, like:

aQysta is an startup with an international team composition. In our Delft office, we work with 8 people from 5 nationalities and speak exclusively English within our company.
Working on disruptive technology in a usually conservative market has some unique challenges of its own. By using external expertise, field trips and experimentation, we face these problems head-on and integrate this new knowlegde into our technology. As a small organization we have an open hierarchy and are result-driven. Being located in the YES!Delft incubator means that we are surrounded by dozens of startups, creating a vivid working environment. We hope to offer an opportunity that can be inspirational as well as challenging. 


Accommodation will be provided in Delft or surroundings (e.g. The Hague, Rotterdam).

Different modalities are possible (e.g. homestay, hostel, airbnb). We are more than happy to discuss this.

Living Stipend

Generally yes, it depends a bit on the overall cost for travelling, accommodation and food.

Travel Stipend

We will cover at least part of the international travel cost. The amount depends a bit on the agreed fare for acommodation and food.

Food Stipend

We are happy to provide lunch at work and cover a daily rate for breakfast and inner.

Every Friday starting at 5PM there is a "Borrel" (free drinks with small snacks) at Yes!Delft, which is a common tradition in The Netherlands.

Additional Benefits

We are happy to arrange evening(s) out with the team of the start up, show the volunteer around in the weekend or arrange a trip to some sights in The Netherlands

For the work itself, we will be able to provide a computer, including software packages such as ANSYS and Solidworks

About the Hosting Organization

aQysta is a For-profit working on Civil Engineering, Farming, Machinery, Manufacturing, Renewables & Environment.


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