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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Philippines 2019
The Hydram is an automatic device which pumps 24/7 an increased amount of water (up to ten times compared to what is carried manually) from lower situated sources to higher elevated waterless communities and farms using hydropower (energy contained in falling water). For farms the Hydram provides irrigation water at no operational cost and can help a crop survive sudden dry periods (caused by Climate Change), add a crop or help a farmer diversify.
In the Philippines 50% of the land is mountainous where 20 million Filipino’s live of which 10 million are engaged in agriculture. The average age of the farmers is 57 years old. Problems encountered are erosion, no irrigation (no capital and sky rocketing fuel prices), low productivity and migration to cities and slums. Irrigation is absent because the motorized pumps need expensive fuel and the cost of transporting this fuel to the mountains is high.
The main objective of our Hydram program is to bring water closer to the houses and farms of the beneficiaries 24/7 and with that improve tremendously (or rather completely change) their lives. Also, that these systems are sustainable organizationally and technically through the formation of water associations and training of local technicians and that the beneficiaries are proud and empowered.
The pump itself was developed as a crossbreed model between oversized expensive imported models and the inferior working DIY models developed by Universities and Appropriate Technology Groups. It evolved into a perfect working model based on local available materials and spare parts at only ten percent of the cost of imported units with the same capacity and efficiency. Then AIDFI developed areal working miniature model which became the smallest ram pump in the world with all parts fitting in a camera box and which has been used in demos to demystify the technology in many countries