Dankoff Solar Force Piston Pump
Solar Force Piston Pump is a positive displacement pump which runs on solar energy.
Solar Force Piston Pump is a robust pump used for irrigation which uses electricity generated from a photovoltaic array. It is an alternative to fuel-burning engines, wind turbines, and generators. The pump is mainly used for irrigation, livestock, medical clinics, domestic and village use, water purification systems, and camp sites.
Goal 2: aims to increase crop yield.
It is used by farmers for irrigation and livestock and by households for domestic purposes.
Mass produced. Made in the USA.
Users can obtain the Solar Force Piston Pumps from:
Description of the pump type
Land size irrigation capacity, measured in acres
The amount of water discharged, measured in liters per minute
Maximum length of pipe from pump to the raised tank, measured in meters
The amount of pressure required to pump water, measured in MPa
The maximum length of pipe from the water source, measured in meters
Maximum power requirement, measured in watts
Maximum motor current, measured in amperes
Power required to run the pump, measured in voltage
Solar Force Piston Pump is a positive displacement piston pump which uses DC power generated from a photovoltaic solar array. Its body is made of cast iron, and the valve seats and cylinder are made of brass. In addition, it has leather cup piston seals, neoprene valve seals, oil bath crankcase, gear(timing) belt drive on PV models, Standard V belt on B models, pressure relief valve, permanent magnet DC motor and surge tank.
2 years warranty is provided against defects in material or workmanship
It has life expectancy of 20 years with a 5-10 year maintenance interval.
Performance targets include: Total Dynamic Head (TDH), max flow per hour, and max suction lift.
Safety instructions include the following but are not limited to:
- Do not touch solar panel or pump wires together to test for a spark.
- Do not run the pump dry.
- Do not run the pump without the supplied belt guard.
Pump requires PV array to function; solar tracker can also be used to increase daily yield.
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John P. Borg1, Daniel H. Zitomer, 2008, Dual-Team Model for International Service Learning in Engineering: Remote Solar Water Pumping in Guatemala
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