Introduction of solar irrigation pumps
The Sunflower pump has been developed to provide smallholder farmers with an affordable and sustainable way to bring water to their fields. The solar panel captures the sunlight and converts it into electricity which drives the pump. The pump comes in a suction version (up to 7m) and a deepset version up to 20m.
The capacity on a clear day is maximum 13 m3/day when lifting from 4m and 4 m3/day when lifting from 20m. The capacity can be increased by adding a second solar panel. Assuming a crop requirement of 5l/m2.day, this capacity is enough to serve a field of 2500 m2 and 800 m2 respectively.
Futurepump ltd (UK) is the company that manufactures and markets the pump with technical support from PRACTICA.