The RainMaker 2 is a submersible irrigation pump that can be powered with a solar battery.
This product is implemented directly to consumers in Africa by SunCulture.
912.73 – 1184.67 USD (97,000 – 125,900 KES)Converted June 2020
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Consumers can purchase this product by contacting SunCulture or visiting a regional office in Kenya.
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
Type of energy used to power the pump
Maximum power requirement, measured in watts
Maximum motor current, measured in amperes
Power required to run the pump, measured in voltage
The Rainmaker 2 comes with several components: a submersible irrigation pump, a 300 W roof-mounted solar panel, 100 m of 25 mm PN10 PE pipe, four sprinklers with fittings, 50 m of electrical cable, four 600 lumen LEd lightbulbs with a 5 m cable and switch, and a ClimateSmart™ system which includes a lithium-ion battery and MPPT charging controller. The ClimateSmart™ system collects power from the solar panel, allowing the user to use the power for the irrigation pump and the lights or other electronics.
Technical support is provided by SunCulture through their website or through their regional offices in Kenya.
SunCulture provides after-sales support
This product includes a 3-year warranty and has an expected lifetime of 10 years
The designer specifies that the irrigation pump can pump up to 2500 L of water an hour from a water source up to 70 m deep.
Testing performed by The Impact Programme found the RainMaker 2 saved customers time and money over traditional diesel pumps and manual irrigation methods, and that almost half of the customers reported an increase in farm yields and income.
Potential hazards related to this product include electric shock, risk of fire, and physical injury due to equipment failure.
Merrey, D. J. and Langan, S., 2014, Review Paper on ‘Garden Kits’ in Africa: Lessons Learned and the Potential of Improved Water Management, IWMI Working Paper No. 162.
Michaelowa, A., Köhler, M., Friedmann, V., Tkacik, J., and Dransfeld, B., 2016, IMPAQT Case Study.
This product meets the testing certifications IEC 60335-1, IEC 60335-2-41, and ISO 9001:2015.
SunCulture won the Gloabal LEAP Awards in 2019 for their ClimateSmart Direct™ solar irrigation system.
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