Using Solar for Irrigation
Irrigation is a process of supplying water to land or crops to help promote the growth of plants and crops. It can be used for both agricultural and non-agricultural purposes (such as providing water for gardens, sports fields or parks).
Irrigation systems are designed to control the amount and timing of water distribution in order to meet the needs of crops.
Solar pumps are increasingly being used as a renewable energy source for agriculture, eliminating the need to purchase electricity or fuel while reducing pollution.
Additionally, solar pumps like LORENTZ can provide remote digital access even in the most isolated locations to help farmers take control of their water and crops.
LORENTZ has worked with many crop owners across Australia and are a proud member of Irrigation Australia where we help support the adoption of more sustainable and profitable irrigation practices,
Solar Pumps and Irrigation Methods
There are a variety of methods for providing water to crops, depending on the specific needs of the environment. Three common types of irrigation used in Australia include drip irrigation, flood irrigation and pivot irrigation.
Drip Irrigation is a method that delivers water directly to plants via emitters or hoses with small openings placed close to the root system. This type of irrigation is beneficial because it conserves water by minimising evaporation and runoff, making it more efficient than traditional overhead sprinklers.
Flood Irrigation involves flooding an entire field with water from canals or ditches for an extended period of time. This method maximises soil saturation, but can be wasteful due to potential runoff and evaporation.
Pivot Irrigation is a mechanised system of pipes and sprinklers mounted on a circular base that rotates around a central pivot point. This method can be used to cover larger areas in less time while minimising evaporation, but requires more energy than other methods. An alternative method to pivot irrigation is lateral irrigation, which may be used for irrigating regtangular or undulating land
Solar pumps are an ideal choice for use with any of these irrigation systems due to their cost savings and environmental benefits. Furthermore, solar pumps can provide reliable access to water even in remote locations, helping farmers take control of their irrigation needs while conserving resources.
The benefits of Solar Pumps for Irrigation
The advantages of solar pumps for agricultural irrigation in Australia includes:
- Low energy costs
- Environmentally friendly
- Remote access and control
- Increased yield and profitability
- Low maintenance
Recent technology has meant that high efficiency solar pumps like LORENTZ can pump water for longer even when the sun isn’t shining. Furthermore, for larger crops which require watering overnight, there is the option of solar hybrid pumps which combines solar and another energy source like electricity or diesel to make the best of both worlds and minimise cost while maximising output.
In conclusion, solar pumps are increasingly being used for irrigation in Australia due to the numerous benefits they provide including cost savings, environmental friendliness, remote access and control, increased yield and profitability, and low maintenance. With solar pumps aiding in efficient water usage as well as providing reliable access to water even in remote locations, solar pumps are an attractive choice for agricultural irrigation in Australia.