Problem: For many agricultural needs, the alternative is solar energy. Solar systems provide the alternative energy, however, there is a demand to irrigate where it is needed, and when it is needed for crops, for livestock, and for people.
Solution: The mobile solar irrigation machine is a portable photovoltaic powered water pumping system.
Goals and objectives: The solar-powered irrigation machine aims to be transferable to anywhere and be able to irrigate more than one field.
Implementation: The solution designed and produced by Harran University and Cukurova University with support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Livestock of Turkey.
The system sets an example to the utilization of environmental friendly renewable energy resources through integration with modern agricultural irrigation systems. In contrast to the conventional PV- supported systems this machine is mobile. It tracks the sun automatically in two axes and has a self-cleaner unit.
The mobile solar irrigation machine operates trouble-free when set-up to irrigate a field during day-time. It can be used for 14 hours during high irrigation season. This requires the establishment of a pump with enough capacity to provide the required amount of water.
Achievement: The system has been awarded a patent by the Turkish Patent Institute.
Mobile solar irrigation machine can be used inevitably during power-off period in some irrigated areas of the country. The system could also be utilized as a generator during non-irrigation season. The system owner can transfer the produced electricity to the national grid through a bi-directional electric meter and benefit from the feed-in tariff during off-season.
The machine installation cost per field cost is considerably lower. If located in a field without an existing power electricity line, mobile irrigation machine pays itself back in one year. The existing PV array of the machine is a prototype and could be easily be designed in smaller or larger scale depending on the underground water level, and irrigation area. The prototype (pumping 70 tone/hour water at max. 170m depth) costs 25000$.
Partners: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Livestock of Turkey
Turkey, GAP Tarımsal Araştırma Enstitüsü Müdürlüğü
Address: Paşabağı Mah. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Bulvarı No:106 PK:75 63040 Haliliye / ŞANLIURFA
Contact person: Ümran ATAY
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