Development and test of solutions to enlarge the power of PV irrigation and application to a 140 kW PV-Diesel representative case

Hogan Teves de Almeida, Rita and Barata Carrelo, Isaac Afonso and Lorenzo Pigueiras, Eduardo and Narvarte Fernández, Luis and Fernández Ramos, José and Martinez Moreno, Francisco and Carrasco Moreno, Luis Miguel (2018). Development and test of solutions to enlarge the power of PV irrigation and application to a 140 kW PV-Diesel representative case. "Energies", v. 11 (n. 12); pp. 1-24. ISSN 1996-1073. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11123538.

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Title: Development and test of solutions to enlarge the power of PV irrigation and application to a 140 kW PV-Diesel representative case
Author/s:
  • Hogan Teves de Almeida, Rita
  • Barata Carrelo, Isaac Afonso
  • Lorenzo Pigueiras, Eduardo
  • Narvarte Fernández, Luis
  • Fernández Ramos, José
  • Martinez Moreno, Francisco
  • Carrasco Moreno, Luis Miguel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Energies
Date: 19 December 2018
ISSN: 1996-1073
Volume: 11
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: PV irrigation; hybrid PV-diesel; water pumping; PV system; performance indices
Faculty: E.T.S.I. y Sistemas de Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Otro
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The current state of the art of photovoltaic (PV) irrigation systems is limited to PV peak powers below 40 kWp, which does not cover the irrigation needs of farmers, co-operatives, irrigator communities, and agro-industries. This limitation of power is due to two main technical barriers: The quick intermittence of PV power due to the passing of clouds, and the maladjustment between PV production and water needs. This paper presents new solutions that have been developed to overcome these barriers and their application to the design and performance of a 140 kWp hybrid PV-diesel system for the drip irrigation of 195 ha of olive trees in Alter do Chão, Portugal. The performance of the solutions was analysed during two years of real peration. As the performance of the PV system is not only affected by intrinsic-to-design characteristics, but also by circumstances external to the system, new performance indices were developed. As an example, the percentage of use of PV electricity, PVSH, was 78% and 82% in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and the performance ratio of the PV part, PRPV, was 0.79 and 0.80. The economic feasibility was also analysed based on experimental data, resulting in savings in the levelized cost of electricity of 61%.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Horizon 2020640771MASLOWATENUNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRIDMArket uptake of an innovative irrigation Solution based on LOW WATer-ENergy consumption

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Item ID: 53827
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/53827/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:53827
DOI: 10.3390/en11123538
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/11/12/3538/htm
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 05 Feb 2019 13:25
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 13:25
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