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49 - AFLC - Agriculture, Fishery and Livestock

AFLC 109 - Solar Pumping System Design and Implementation

Code Start Date Duration Venue
AFLC 109 29 July 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 109 02 September 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 109 07 October 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 109 11 November 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 109 16 December 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

Depending on the site on which the installation of a solar pump will take place, several considerations have to been taken into account. This includes the type of pump, size, the amount of water needed, weather and other issues. All of these factors will have direct effect on how much water can be stored for the consumers whoever they are. In this course, participants will learn how to implement and install solar pumping system, performing the most important calculations and making the right decisions for optimal use of their pumps. 

Course Objectives

  • Understanding the system of solar pumps 
  • Estimating the costs of installing pumps at a certain site 
  • Determining the basic requirements before installing a pump 
  • Configuring the system 
  • Conducting basic maintenance operations 

Who Should Attend?

  • Agricultural engineers
  • Environmental engineers
  • Agricultural practitioners
  • Rural Development practitioners

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Solar radiation, solar irradiance, and solar insolation
  • Efficiency and power
  • Life cycle cost
  • Operating costs
  • Seasonal and Latitude Variation
  • Cloud Cover

Day 2

  • Determining your basic amount of water required per day
  • Water Requirement
  • Water Source
  • System Layout
  • Locations and elevations

Day 3

  • System installation and commissioning
  • System configurations
  • Solar alone
  • Solar combined with batteries
  • Solar combined with diesel generation
  • Solar combined with power from the electricity grid

Day 4

  • Operating conditions
  • Design Flow Rate for the Pump
  • Determining the solar insolation for your location
  • Selecting the pump, controller, and solar array
  • Selecting the correct solar array mounting method

Day 5

  • Solar array positioning
  • The movement of the sun
  • Daily movement
  • Yearly movement
  • Fixed array
  • Manual tilt
  • Tracking systems

Day 6

  • Electric motor
  • Selecting the right size of pump cable and pipe
  • Dynamic pumps
  • Positive-displacement pumps

Day 7

  • Water Flow Rates and Delivery Point Pressure 
  • Calculating the Total Dynamic Head (TDH)
  • Pump priming
  • Water Storage

Day 8

  • Power Requirements
  • Battery storage and other generators
  • Using water level sensors and pump controls
  • Maintenance
  • Cavitation

Day 9

  • Water pipes
  • Pump and motor
  • Float switch
  • Manufacturer maintenance requirements

Day 10

  • Livestock drinking-water supply
  • Domestic water and cleaning farm buildings
  • Irrigation pumping – lifting and distributing bulk water