Solar Powered Pump is advanced electricity driven pump digitally optimised to receive power from a network or a solar PV array. Here is an introduction of solar powered pumps.

According to the assessment of NSW Farmers Association and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the main crisis of Australian agriculture is the excessive electricity consumption for pumping purposes. Intending to maintaining large agricultural projects, which require large water pumping for irrigation; and also saving the cost of energy like mains electricity and diesel, modern technology comes up with a massive invention ‘Solar Powered Pump’. The solar powered pump is an effective solution to lessening the cost of pumping sufficient water in the rural areas.

A typical solar system includes a solar array along with a system controller and an electric pump. The function of the solar array is to convert sunlight into energy and supply it to the system controller. The energy received by the system controller is fed to a DC motor and stored to a connected pump. This stored energy (grid electricity) can be used, according to o necessity, to pump water either irritations or other domestic purposes.

Benefits of Using Solar Powered Pump: In general, solar pumps are highly beneficial for mainly two areas such as (a) stock and internal pumping (b) bulk water pumping for irrigation. Although the primary objective to use solar pumps instead of conventional electric pumps is to save both energy and cost of agribusiness, we must admit its various functionalities in both major and minor sectors of agriculture. Using solar PV on agricultural farms may bring the following benefits to the stakeholders:

  1. Less costly than the mains electricity and diesel driven pumps.
  2. Limitless production of energy with the availability of sunlight.
  3. Perfectly built to supply stored energy for both large and small farms.
  4. Cheap connection and infrastructural cost.
  5. Easily replaceable due to no hassles of new power lines or poles.
  6. Noiseless, fume-less and even no necessity of extra fuel.  
  7. Scalable and up-gradable with extra panels, if an additional or increased output is needed.
  8. Interchangeable with mains electricity supply system.
  9. Reliable, flexible and designed properly for easy maintenance.
  10. Environment-friendly for it helps avoid direct consumption of fuels.

Solar Powered Pump as Boon to Agribusiness: Solar PV arrays are wonderfully designed to serve the purpose of the steady and reliable power supply if sunlight is available. Even on cloudy days, a solar powered pump can produce enough energy to irrigate huge farmlands. Apart from this, application of solar powered pump instead of domestic electric pumps lets the farmers get in touch with the advanced technology, assess the beneficial aspects of it and make a comparative study of their investments and returns.

Australian agribusiness has been facing a challenge of high mains electricity bills of the rural farmers due to the huge cost of lifting bulk water to meet the demand of the large farms. Since they have to use mains electricity and diesel as fuel for pumping, it costs them so high that their agriculture soon turns to a non-productive sector. Moreover, high network charge and connection costs, etc. also aggravate the grand amount which exceeds the margin.

With the increasing fragmented farms and the growing demand of augmentation of agricultural outputs, in NSW alone requires more than 5 million mega litres (ML) of irrigated water lifted from rivers and underground. It is costly to meet the demand of such massive scale of water supply using limited electric energy or diesel.  Using solar power with the help of solar powered pumps, they have almost overcome the crisis. Excepting merely a few drawbacks, a solar PV system is turning to be a formidable solution for the irrigators across all farming systems.

Irrigation of water with solar powered pumps is more useful for the remotest areas with low lying lands and also for the farms or crops that require year round water supply. A solar PV panel with its storage can also be used as an assistant to an existing electric pump for emergency water supply when electric energy or diesel run out at top peak hours. As a result, farmers in Australia prefer the solar powered pump as a free standing system to irrigate their farms at low cost and with little maintenance.

Use of Solar Powered Pump for Drinking-Water Supply for Livestock:  Livestock at big sheep stations, ranches or pastures need the continuous supply of drinking water all the year round. Lifting drinking water from nearby bores, dams, rivers, underground or other water sources and storing it in the elevated tanks or troughs cost a lot for an ordinary bore pump. The solar powered pump can supply sufficient water for the livestock and also, solve the extra charge of electricity and diesel.

Supply of Domestic Water and Cleaning Farm Buildings: Installing a solar powered pump integrating to a motor pump can go a long way to solve domestic water solution as well as save additional charges of electricity consumed at daytime. A solar PV system can pump massive water from underground and store it to header tanks during the day to be used at night. Apart from domestic solutions, farmhouses need to be cleaned with a plenty of water for proper sanitation, and it is undeniable that an integrated solar panel is the most convincing solution for it. See how to install a Solar Powered Water Pump System.

Most Australian farms had to depend on the electric pumps for irritations and other domestic purposes until they found a cheaper alternative. They had to spend a lot using mains electricity and diesel as fuels to drive those pumps to supply water on vast farmlands. With the invention of solar powered pumps, which are more feasible, practical and reliable than conventional pumps, they get used to this advanced technology.