Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2019)
Experimental studies and performance evaluation of solar-powered water pumping system
Author(s): Atul Deshmukh, Dr. Bhuwan Gupta
Abstract: Water pumping is an energy intensive activity and consumes a large amount diesel and electricity. Solar energy, which is abundantly available in India, can be used for pumping water via Solar-PV technology. In this study, we try to understand the performance of the already deployed solar PV water pumps in the SGSITS Campus and Indore area. The sites we visited included solar pumps installed under Govt. schemes such as the MNRE and installations by Shakti pump India private limited in both rural and urban areas. Along with the analysis of performance, various socio-economic aspects of the surrounding communities are also looked at. Based on our findings, we have come up with a list of recommendations mainly focused on development of community knowledge and greater accountability from the vendors. Along with these recommendations, future work should involve gathering of reliable data for analyzing the performance and operation of the pump and aizing mechanism as well as a pump-type selection framework. Irrigation is a well-established procedure on many farms and is practiced on various levels around the world. It allows diversification of crops, while increasing crop yields. However, typical irrigation systems consume a great amount of conventional energy through the use of electric motors and generators powered by fuel. Photovoltaic energy can find many applications in agriculture, providing electrical energy in various cases, particularly in areas without an electric grid. In this paper the description of reviews on a photovoltaic irrigation system, is presented. Photovoltaic water pumping system is one of the best alternative methods for irrigation. The variation of spatial and temporal distribution of available water for irrigation makes significant demand on water conservation techniques. Hence solar powered Automated Irrigation System provides a sustainable solution to enhance water use efficiency in the agricultural fields using renewable energy system removes workmanship that is needed for flooding irrigation. The use of this photo-irrigation system will be able to contribute to the socio-economic development. It is the proposed solution for the energy crisis for the Indian farmers. This system conserves electricity by reducing the usage of grid power and easy to implement and environment friendly solution for irrigating fields.