Solar photovoltaic water pumping system using a new linear actuator

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Andrada Gascón, Pedro ; Castro, Javier (2007)
  • Subject: Solar energy | :Energies::Energia solar fotovoltaica [Àrees temàtiques de la UPC] | Energia solar fotovoltaica | Photovoltaic power generation
    arxiv: Physics::Optics | Computer Science::Robotics | Computer Science::Systems and Control

In this paper a photovoltaic solar pumping system using a new linear actuator is presented. This linear actuator is a double-sided flat two-phase variable-reluctance linear stepper motor that moves a piston-type water pump with the help of a rope, a pulley and a counterweight. The entire actuator pump ensemble is controlled by a simple electronic unit that manages the electric power generated by a photovoltaic array. The proposed system is suitable for rural communities in developing countries because it is reliable, affordable and easy to maintain.
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