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Five Easy Mistakes to Make when Installing a Solar Water Pump

Five Easy Mistakes to Make when Installing a Solar Water Pump

Jul 6,2022
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Water and abstraction play a pivotal role for livestock operators around the world. With endless pump technologies available to farmers to help pump water, a simple, affordable, and reliable solar water pump is paramount when it comes to finding the right solution for livestock needs.

However, the ability of the solar to pump water is not an issue, the most important thing is the installation of the system. Improperly installed solar water pumps can render the process of pumping water from boreholes, rivers, tanks, and wells ineffective. Let's find out five mistakes people make when installing solar water pumps for livestock.

1. Solar array angle and orientation

Installing solar panels in the incorrect orientation will reduce the available solar energy used with the solar pump system. Before proceeding with installation, it is critical to ensure that the location and orientation of the panels are appropriate for the geographic location.

2. Controller configuration

Solar pumping capacity may be reduced due to the ineffective implementation of controller settings. With the right use of these settings, solar pumps can not only become more efficient but also extend the life of your installation. Configuring settings such as start and stop delay timers and speed limits (for low production drilling) can significantly increase the life of the system while getting the most out of the pump.

3. Electrical and plumbing issues

One of the bigger issues with solar pump installations is an incorrect panel configuration when connecting the controller. Overvoltage in the controller can cause instantaneous damage to the core components, requiring a new controller. On the other hand, the controllers all have the minimum operating voltage required to run the pump. It is critical to ensure that there is enough power to run the pump, but not enough to over-pressurize the controller.

When installing solar panels, pay close attention to the maximum and minimum operating voltage required by the controller. This information and more can be found in the owner's manual provided by the supplier, on the side of the controller, and inside the cover.

When all electrical equipment has been classified, the next problem moves to the plumbing of the system. Unnecessary bends, pipe size changes, and unused components create head pressure that can affect your pumping performance. Often the simplest solutions are best, where a few carefully chosen components help control the system without introducing too much complexity.

Using properly sized tubing is a must for solar pumps, and incorrect tubing selection can greatly affect your delivery.

4. Insufficient water storage

Water storage is just as important as water delivery. Without proper facilities to hold the water, the water delivery system is immediately strained and the life of the pump is already in jeopardy. Storing water for a few days is advantageous, it prolongs the life of the pump and ensures that your stock or irrigation system has water available; even on cloudy days or overnight.

It's better to leave the pump running for long periods of time rather than short periods of time to replenish any nearby watering spots. This prevents premature pump wear.

5. Choose the right pump system

When planning a solar pump, the most important step is choosing the right system. A big problem with solar pumping options is unnecessarily oversizing the system, conversely not taking into account the available solar energy and possibly undersized. If you want to buy a solar water pump, welcome to contact us.

TPON is a professional custom solar water pump manufacturer. We have obtained an ISO9001 certificate and CE certificate, and we produce pumps strictly according to their standards. Our R&D team has the courage to innovate, the product styles are diversified and closely follow the industry trend, the service is perfect, and the sales channels are extensive; the products are exported to Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, the Middle East, and other countries.

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