Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar have developed a solar power system that can be easily moved between farms to pump water for irrigation. The kit comprises solar panels and an inverter to power a surface-mounted pump.
As Uma Gupta reports for pv magazine, the system helps small scale farmers who could pool money to use the equipment on a shared basis. The technology has already been deployed in hard-to-reach areas of the Indian state of Odisha. IIT Bhubaneswar academics Srinivas Bhaskar Karanki, of the school of electrical sciences, and Satish D Dhandole, from the school of mechanical sciences, led the project.
Karanki told pv magazine: “We have used a tractor [drawn] trolley for the movable system. The trolley is designed to have a foldable structure to accommodate six [solar] panels. The trolley needs to be attached with the tractor to move from one place to another. The system works with two different types of pumps, one submersible and the other surface-mounted.”