Solutions for adapting photovoltaics to large power irrigation systems for agriculture

Narvarte Fernández, Luis and Fernandez Ramos, José and Martínez Moreno, Francisco and Carrasco Moreno, Luis Miguel and Hogan Teves de Almeida, Rita and Barata Carrelo, Isaac Afonso (2018). Solutions for adapting photovoltaics to large power irrigation systems for agriculture. "Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments", v. 29 (n. Oct); pp. 119-130. ISSN 2213-1388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seta.2018.07.004.

Description

Title: Solutions for adapting photovoltaics to large power irrigation systems for agriculture
Author/s:
  • Narvarte Fernández, Luis
  • Fernandez Ramos, José
  • Martínez Moreno, Francisco
  • Carrasco Moreno, Luis Miguel
  • Hogan Teves de Almeida, Rita
  • Barata Carrelo, Isaac Afonso
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
Date: October 2018
ISSN: 2213-1388
Volume: 29
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: PV water pumping, PV irrigation, Intermittent PV power, North-South horizontal axis tracker, Frequency converter
Faculty: E.T.S.I. y Sistemas de Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Telemática y Electrónica
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

Full text

[img]
Preview
PDF - Requires a PDF viewer, such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (10MB) | Preview

Abstract

The adaptation of the mature PV water-pumping technology to large power irrigation applications requires the problems associated to PV power intermittencies and matching PV production with the irrigation needs to be resolved. This paper presents the innovations developed, implemented and tested in a PV irrigation prototype installed in a real well at an Irrigator Community in Alicante, Spain. The innovations eliminate the intermittences due to passing clouds, reducing the PV power by 80% in just few seconds without batteries, just using control algorithms in the frequency converter, avoiding water hammers and overvoltages. A North-South horizontal axis tracker has been used to extend the number of hours of irrigation per day and to provide daily constant profiles of PV power during the irrigation period. Moreover, the use of this tracker allows the nominal power of the PV generator to be reduced by 45% as compared to a fixed structure for the same volume of water. The analysis of the economic feasibility of the prototype compared with the cost of grid electricity shows savings of 60%. This prototype has been operating in the South of Morocco delivering more than 235 m3/day for the last three years.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Horizon 2020640771MASLOWATENUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMArket uptake of an innovative irrigation Solution based on LOW WATer-ENergy consumption

More information

Item ID: 52301
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/52301/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:52301
DOI: 10.1016/j.seta.2018.07.004
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213138818301759
Deposited by: Dr. Luis Narvarte Fernández
Deposited on: 18 Sep 2018 11:02
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 17:31
  • Logo InvestigaM (UPM)
  • Logo GEOUP4
  • Logo Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Logo Sherpa/Romeo
    Check whether the anglo-saxon journal in which you have published an article allows you to also publish it under open access.
  • Logo Dulcinea
    Check whether the spanish journal in which you have published an article allows you to also publish it under open access.
  • Logo de Recolecta
  • Logo del Observatorio I+D+i UPM
  • Logo de OpenCourseWare UPM