After the successful 3 days solar water pumping that took place last February in The Hague, DSS has decided to now give a shorter one day training for those interested to get a good basic understanding of some of the mayor pros and cons of solar water pumping. The training will be held on 25 May 2018. Are you interested to participate in the training? Please send an email before 11 May 2018 to (please include your CV and brief motivation).

Already for many years solar water schemes have been implemented in different parts of the world and it has been proven that it can be a technically sound and reliable option.

In the last decade the cost of solar panels has come down significantly and this has made the use of solar energy from an expensive option to a very cost effective option.

New technologies have become available and pump manufacturers have taken these on board and this has widened the number of settings where solar pumping can be used.

Access to a safe, sustainable water supply is a growing concern in every region of the world. In many communities, groundwater is being pumped by diesel fueled systems, which are both expensive and can be difficult to maintain. In many locations solar energy is a much better alternative and should be the technology of choice.

Solar pumps are especially effective in rural off-grid areas, currently underserved, or served by costly fuel-driven pumps. Solar pumping is most competitive in regions with high solar insolation, which include most of Africa, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia; but the technology can operate successfully in almost any region of the world.

Humanitarian organisations like UNHCR are increasingly using solar water systems and several refugee camps around the world such as Dadaab in Kenya are supplied by solarized water systems

In order for solar to be successful, however, this technology needs to be understood and appreciated by water practitioners around the world.

For this reason we are organizing a one day training to give insight in the pros and cons of solar water pumping and the different available technologies. We will also look into the financial aspects and you will be familiarized with system design tools.