PV water pumping systems based on standard frequency converters

, , and . Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 11 (3): 179--191 (2003)


Standard frequency converters (FCs) are evaluated in this work as a universal solution for photovoltaic (PV) water pumping systems. FCs can be connected directly to a PV generator to power centrifugal submersible pumps driven by three-phase asynchronous induction motors. In comparison with dedicated products, the use of standard FCs and centrifugal motopumps encompasses several advantages: power range, broad range of products and technological independence. This paper describes the main rules to implement standard FCs in PV pumping systems, and presents a model to estimate its performance from standard pumps manufacturers? data. The experimental validation of the model is also presented. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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