Luis, Lilia (2021) SOLAR POWERED RESONANCE PUMP. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Abstract

This study investigates the suitability of a solar powered pump for irrigation purposes in Sub-Saharan Africa, where solar power is used to pump water from wells and help farmers improve their living conditions. This system uses solar power due to a lack of electricity in rural areas of the region and therefore, several solar powered projects have been undertaken which have attempted to make use of the region’s constant sunlight and hot weather conditions. For this particular reason, this report focuses on analysing a Solar Powered Irrigation Resonance Pump (SPIRP), which is a solar thermal powered pump with no moving parts that can address the energy trilemma as being clean, affordable and provide a reliable supply with little maintenance or supervision. Qualitative data were used to analyse the principles of the pump system and quantitative research was used to confirm the understanding of the system’s operation. The analysis shows different principles, and a steam model is used as a proposal for the system working principles. It is concluded that the system might operate in this condition and further analysis may be required.

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