Solar Pumps

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Based on the latest technology as well as a sustainable and patented concept, Dietmar Stuck, an experienced Austrian well-builder, founder & CEO of Pumpmakers, developed the world’s first DIY Solar Pump in 2010 together with a team of engineers and constructors. 

His goal is clear: “Pumpmakers aims at providing millions of people all over the world with access to safe, clean drinking water - and work. Our DIY concept offers a unique opportunity to all those wanting to start their own business. More importantly, it fosters self-sufficiency as it provides people with the water they need for farming, for their livestock, and for growing their own crops, vegetables and fruit. Our concepts therefore helps reduce worldwide water shortages and poverty.”

Brunnenpumpe zum Wasser pumpen aus Brunnen

1.1 The Challenge – Global Water Crisis

Today, almost 800mn people still have no access to safe, clean drinking water. The United Nations estimates that by 2025 up to 1.8bn people will be living in countries or regions with extreme water scarcity. About two-thirds of the world’s population will be affected by the consequences of our global water shortage. Some 3mn people die each year from the consequences of water-related diseases – i.e. about 10,000 people every day - most of them are children under the age of 5.

The reliance on common water pump systems that are simply unsuitable for most local conditions exacerbates the problem:

  • Expensive generator-driven pumps that need unaffordable amounts of fuel,
  • windmills that only pump water if there is enough wind,
  • imported underwater pumps that are expensive and too complex to be produced locally, and
  • hand pumps that require a lot of maintenance (which, in many cases, is not available locally)

can cause more problems than they solve, thus adding to the global water crisis.

“In the Maasai region I saw people walk over 30 miles a day, searching for scarce amounts of water for their families. I saw broken hand pumps because of a lack of maintenance. I saw fuel-driven water pumps not working because of the lack of money to run them. What’s more, many existing water wells were useless. 

This sparked the idea for a solar-powered water pump that avoids these disadvantages and that can easily be manufactured locally by companies and entrepreneurs.” 

Dietmar Stuck, Founder & CEO

Pumpmakers design and develop solar pumps against this backdrop.

1.2 The Solution – DIY Solar Pump

The Pumpmakers DIY Solar Pump is both a cost-effective and a sustainable solution. It

  • incurs no running costs,
  • uses renewable solar energy to easily pump water out of water wells,
  • efficiently pumps up to a depth of 100m/300ft,
  • allows water to be pumped at night, using the optional hand pump,
  • requires NO maintenance (high-quality maintenance-free materials make this possible),
  • is salt water resistant to avoid corrosion to the piston unit,
  • is affordable and can be manufactured all over the world to foster local economic development,
  • and can easily be assembled locally with local skills and parts.
DIY Solar Pump is a well pump for pumping water in rural and remote areas.

Further PUMPMAKERS PRODUCTS are complete solar underwater pump systems specific on customers needs - just contact us with your inquiry:

Solar powered water pump for the water supply in rural and remote areas.

1.3 Benefits

The DIY Solar Pump makes people in need of a constant supply of clean water self-sufficient. The distribution takes place via the easily accessible Pumpmakers Platform (see 1.4 below), which provides all the knowledge, tools and resources needed to build the DIY Solar Pump locally. 

This creates an abundance of new opportunities: for setting up a local business, for creating jobs, for educating others in the use of sustainable technology, for establishing know-how transfers, and for helping people help themselves. 

The DIY Solar Pump makes people energy independent. It enables them to save costs and improve the quality of life for others with a steady supply of water. 

Furthermore, the DIY Solar Pump is an ideal solution for development aid organizations, striving for sustainability and increased self-sufficiency among the population through self-help assistance. Dietmar Stuck explains: “For the first time ever, a solar pump system can be manufactured on the African continent. No organization in Africa has to buy and import expensive pump systems. We are convinced that showing people how they can help themselves to sustainably access water will help them build better lives for themselves and future generations.”

1.4 Distribution – Pumpmakers Platform

While access to water is limited in developing regions, many people use mobile devices to communicate and access the Internet. 

The Pumpmakers PLATFORM has been set up to reach as many people around the world as possible and distribute the DIY Solar Pump. This virtual marketplace and web platform gives everyone FREE access to easy-to-use Do-It-Yourself constructions plans, videos and books to build and install a solar pump, using local skills and parts. 

Key components - such as the pump kit, including the piston and gear unit - and other products needed for well construction, agricultural purposes and promotion can be purchased via the webshop.  

Users may also become a part of the international Pumpmakers Network and join the initiative for a clean water supply. They will benefit from step-by-step advice on how to start their own business, from information about microfinance opportunities, important contacts, support, and opportunities to exchange ideas and know-how with others.

Pumpmakers Platform – Key Features

  • Social Network – connecting fellow Pumpmakers, organisations, private people and media
  • World map, showing Pumpmakers, organisations, water well construction companies and water places with & without an DIY Solar Pump
  • DIY constructions plans, videos and books for the DIY Solar Pump, water wells, its uses for agriculture and even fish farms
  • Shop to purchase the gear & piston unit as well as further products and information for water well construction, agricultural purposes and marketing
  • Business concept for (new) entrepreneurs to start their own business, assisting them each step of the way
  • TV Channel with videos and pictures
  • Support
Pumpmakers cooperate with drilling companies, NGOs, private people and entrepreneurs.

1.5 Customers

Pumpmakers is an innovative concept. It combines the world’s first DIY Solar Pump & PM Solar Pump Systems for the supply of clean drinking water with the globally accessible Pumpmakers Platform. Used as a knowledge-sharing platform, it offers a unique concept that enables local entrepreneurs to start their own business. 

The main customers and cooperation partners are:

  • Entrepreneurs -  to produce and install pump systems
  • Companies – e.g. drilling companies, pump distributors, installation companies, electricians - to produce and install pump systems
  • Development aid organizations - to produce and install pump systems on their own or to supply communities with water through local Pumpmakers contracts to build and install the pump systems for the communities
  • Microfinance institutions / organizations / funds – to support local Pumpmakers to start their own business
  • Governments – to supply remote areas with water through local Pumpmakers contracts to manufacture and install the pump systems in communities


The DIY Solar Pump is the world first solar pump system that can easily be built, set up and used by everyone. It has the potential to supply millions of people around the world with clean drinking water. Besides that, it gives people the opportunity to create their own jobs. 

One of the biggest advantages of the DIY solar pump system is that most parts can be produced locally. This avoids huge shipping costs and the purchase of expensive parts.

The Pumpmakers concept helps people to start a meaningful business and to strengthen the local economy. This holds a huge untapped economic potential. More importantly, this concept supplies communities in even the remotest corners of the world with clean drinking water in the most efficient and sustainable way.

A single solar pump system can supply more than 1,000 people with safe, clean drinking water.

Fetching water by hand from a well in Africa.


Dietmar Stuck has been active in the water well drilling industry since 2000. He worked for S&K Brunnenbohr in Austria where he drilled more than 350 drinking water wells in over 7 years as well as for the Bunbury Drilling Company in Western Australia where he drilled water wells for dewatering and drinking water purposes up to a depth of 1,000 metres.

In 2009, he shifted his focus towards sustainable development. He carried out surveys for water projects on behalf of humanitarian aid organizations in remote areas of six African countries. On many occasions he saw that the water pumps in use were unsuitable for the local conditions.

Dietmar Stuck founded NSP Solar Pump e.U. in May 2010. In line with the vision to provide clean water and a sustainable technology to developing countries, the company name was changed to 
PM Pumpmakers GmbH in 2014. 

PM Pumpmakers GmbH is an Austrian enterprise, specializing in the research and development of power and water, using renewable energy sources. The focus is on innovative solar pump systems - such as the patented DIY Solar Pump - for water well construction and agricultural purposes, meeting the needs of a fast-growing market.

The DIY Solar Pump, PM Solar Pump Systems and its distribution via the Pumpmakers Platform will be the company’s future focus. 

Pumpmakers collaborates with a diverse team of specialists:                 

  • Water well driller & builder as well as fellow technicians and engineers
  • Draftsmen
  • IT specialists
  • Graphic designers and filmmakers
  • Translators and copywriting specialists
  • Turneries and universities
Solar company Pumpmakers provide solar pumps and solar products.

Our water well pumps and solar pump systems can be used worldwide


In Africa there are numerous drilling companies, organisations, entrepreneurs, NGOs, volunteers and organizations for water well drilling, well design and well construction as well as for the installation of solar pumps, hand pumps, water pumpswater towers, irrigation systemswater well pumps or water supply systems to pump drinking water from wells in: Algeria, Algiers, Angola, Luanda, Benin, Porto-Novo, Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Botswana, Gaborone, Burundi, Bujumbura, Cabo Verde, Praia, Cameroon, Yaoundé, Douala, Central African Republic, Bangui, Chad, N'Djamena, Comoros, Moroni, Congo, Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Mbuji-Mayi, Kolwezi, Djibouti, Djibouti City, Egypt, Cairo, Alexandria, Giza, Subra al-Haymah, Eritrea, Asmara, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Equatorial Guinea, Malabo, Gabon, Libreville, Gambia, Banjul, Ghana, Accra, Guinea, Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Bissau, Ivory Coast, Yamoussoukro, Abidjan, Kenya, Nairobi, Lesotho, Maseru, Liberia, Monrovia, Libya, Tripoli, Madagascar, Antananarivo, Malawi, Lilongwe, Mali, Bamako, Mauritania, Nouakchott, Mauritius, Port Louis, Morocco, Rabat, Casablanca, Fez, Mozambique, Maputo, Namibia, Windhoek, Niger, Niamey, Nigeria, Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri, Zaria, Saharawi, Sao Tome and Principe, São Tomé, Senegal, Dakar, Seychelles, Victoria, Sierra Leone, Freetown, Somalia, Mogadishu, South Africa, Pretoria, Johannesburg , Cape Town, Durban, Soweto, Port Elizabeth, South Sudan, Juba, Sudan, Khartoumn, Omdurman, Swaziland, Mbabane, Rwanda, Kigali, Tanzania, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam, Togo, Lomé, Tunisia, Tunis, Uganda, Kampala, Western Sahara, Zambia, Lusaka, Zimbabwe, Harare, Bulawayo, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.


In Europe there are numerous organisationsdrilling companies, entrepreneurs, NGOs, volunteers and organizations for water well drilling, well design and well construction as well as for the installation of hand pumpssolar pumps, water pumpswater towers, irrigation systemswater well pumps or water supply systems to pump drinking water from wells in: Albania, Tirana, Andorra, Andorra la Vella, Austria, Vienna, Belarus, Minsk, Belgium, Brussels, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bulgaria, Sofia, Croatia, Zagreb, Cyprus, Nicosia, Czech Republic, Prague, Denmark, Copenhagen, Estonia, Tallinn, Finland, Helsinki, France, Paris, Germany, Berlin, Greece, Athens, Hungary, Budapest, Iceland, Reykjavík, Ireland, Dublin, Italy, Rome, Latvia, Riga, Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Lithuania, Vilnius, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Skopje, Malta, Valletta, Moldova, Chișinău, Monaco, Montenegro, Podgorica, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Norway, Oslo, Poland, Warsaw, Portugal, Lisbon, Romania, Bucharest, Russia, Moscow, San Marino, Serbia, Belgrade, Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovenia, Ljubljana, Spain, Madrid, Sweden, Stockholm, Switzerland, Bern, Turkey, Ankara, Ukraine, Kiev,  United Kingdom, Great Britain, London and Vatican City.

South America

In South America there are numerous entrepreneursdrilling companies, organisations, NGOs, volunteers and organizations for water well drilling, well design and well construction as well as for the installation of solar pumps, water pumpshand pumps, water towers, irrigation systemswater well pumps or water supply systems to pump drinking water from wells in: Argentina, Buenos Aires, Bolivia, La Paz, Brazil, Brasilia, Chile, Santiago, Colombia, Bogotá, Ecuador, Quito, Guyana, Georgetown, Paraguay, Asunción, Peru, Lima, Suriname, Paramaribo, Uruguay, Montevideo, Venezuela and Caracas.


In Asia there are numerous NGOsdrilling companies, organisations, entrepreneurs, volunteers and organizations for water well drilling, well design and well construction as well as for the installation of solar pumps, hand pumps, water towerswater pumpsirrigation systemswater well pumps or water supply systems to pump drinking water from wells in: Afghanistan, Kabul, Armenia, Yerevan, Azerbaijan, Baku, Bahrain, Manama, Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bhutan, Thimphu, Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, China, Beijing, India, New Delhi, Indonesia, Jakarta, Iraq, Baghdad, Iran, Tehran, Israel, Jerusalem, Japan, Tokyo, Yemen, Sana'a, Jordan, Amman, Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Kazakhstan, Astana, Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Kuwait, Kuwait City, Laos, Vientiane, Lebanon, Beirut, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Maldives, Malé, Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw, Nepal, Kathmandu, North Korea, Pyongyang, Oman, Muscat, East Timor, Dili, Pakistan, Islamabad, Philippines, Manila, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, South Korea, Seoul, Syria, Damascus, Tajikistan, Dushanbe, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangkok, Turkey, Ankara, Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Usbekistan, Tashkent, United Arabian Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Vietnam, Hanoi, Philippines, Manila, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Georgia, Tbilisi and South East Asia.

North and Central America

In North and Central America there are numerous drilling companiesentrepreneursorganisationsNGOs, volunteers and organizations for water well drilling, well design and well construction as well as for the installation of solar pumps, water pumps, hand pumpswater towers, irrigation systemswater well pumps or water supply systems to pump drinking water from wells in: Alabama, Montgomery, Alaska, Juneau, Arizona, Phoenix, Arkansas, Little Rock, California, Sacramento, Colorado, Denver, Connecticut, Hartford, Delaware, Dover, Florida, Tallahassee, Georgia, Atlanta, Hawaii, Honolulu, Idaho, Boise, Illinois, Springfield, Indiana, Indianapolis, Iowa, Des Moines, Kansas, Topeka, Kentucky, Frankfort, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Maine, Augusta, Maryland, Annapolis, Massachusetts, Boston, Michigan, Lansing, Minnesota, Saint Paul, Mississippi, Jackson, Missouri, Jefferson City, Montana, Helena, Nebraska, Lincoln, Nevada, Carson City, New Hampshire, Concord, New Jersey, Trenton, New Mexico, Santa Fe, New York, Albany, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Dakota, Bismarck, Ohio, Columbus, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oregon, Salem, Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Rhode Island, Providence, South Carolina, Columbia, South Dakota, Pierre, Tennessee, Nashville, Texas, Austin, Utah, Salt Lake City, Vermont, Montpelier, Virginia, Richmond, Washington, Olympia, West Virginia, Charleston, Wisconsin, Madison, Wyoming, Cheyenne, North America, Antigua and Barbuda, St. John's, Belize, Belmopan, Costa Rica, San José, Cuba, Havana, Dominica, Roseau, Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, El Salvador, San Salvador, Grenada, St. George's, Guatemala, Guatemala City, Jamaica, Kingston, Mexico, Mexico City, Nicaragua, Managua, Panama, Panama City, Saint Lucia, Castries, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown, Haiti,  Port-au-Prince, Honduras and Tegucigalpa.

Australia and Oceania

In Australia and Oceania there are numerous organisations, entrepreneurs, drilling companiesNGOs, volunteers and organizations for water well drilling, well design and well construction as well as for the installation of solar pumps, hand pumps, water pumps, irrigation systemswater towers, water well pumps or water supply systems to pump drinking water from wells in: New South Wales, Sydney, Northern Territory, Darwin, Queensland, Brisbane, South Australia, Adelaide, Tasmania, Hobart, Victoria, Melbourne, Western Australia, Perth, Canberra, Fiji, Suva, Kiribati, Tarawa, Marshall Islands, Majuro, Micronesia, Palikir, Nauru, New Zealand, Wellington, Palau, Ngerulmud, Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Samoa, Apia, Solomon Islands, Honiara, Tonga, Nukuʻalofa, Tuvalu, Funafuti, Vanuatu, Port Vila, Wallis and Futuna.

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