High power photovoltaic pumping systems for irrigation communities, agro-food companies and individual farmers

The MASLOWATEN project is fostering the installation and responsible, appropriate use of solar photovoltaic power. As a result of research and practical testing, the project has achieved technological breakthroughs that are currently being patented and transferred to EU SMEs, with a view to enhancing competitiveness and ensuring a prosperous future for photovoltaic energy in Europe.

The MASLOWATEN project kicked off in September 2015 with the goal of developing and marketing a quality photovoltaic irrigation solution. The project has a scheduled duration of three years. During the first year, five demonstration plants were installed on an industrial scale in four countries: Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Italy. Data from these plants is being gathered with a view to corroborating the technical and economic feasibility of the technology.

A highlight of the MASLOWATEN project is the development and implementation of the “cloud pass algorithm” in its photovoltaic systems. This patent-protected algorithm enables the functioning of the system to be adjusted in the event of sudden changes in solar radiation that might affect the reliability of the system by causing water hammer.

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With the aim of supporting European companies, the project is committed to transferring knowledge to SMEs. For this purpose, at least 20 European Union SMEs will receive training on the innovations developed within the framework of the project. The project will implement a different type of irrigation technology at each of the five demonstration plants. These technologies range from pumping to a raised pond from a well of 300 metres in depth using 100% solar energy to hybrid systems driven by electricity and diesel that ensure irrigation at a constant pressure.

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Published in: FuturENVIRO #41 June 2017