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Title: Solar powered agricultural irrigation pumping. Technical report, 1 June, 1976-28 February, 1979

Abstract

A solar-powered irrigation pumping system was designed and installed at Willard, New Mexico. The system incorporated an east-west oriented field of parabolic trough solar collectors to heat oil. The hot oil in turn heated freon which drove a high-speed turbine connected to the irrigation pump. Design of the system has been completed and all components have been installed and are operative at this time. Technical delays prevented the collection of operation and maintenance data to date, but under a new contract with Sandia Laboratories it is expected that this will be accomplished during the 1979 irrigation season. In conjunction with the solar pump, agricultural experiments were conducted by New Mexico State University. These included drip irrigation of typical food crops that could be grown in the area. Using drip irrigation, yields were 10 to 15 percent greater than would be expected on typical farms in the Estancia area. Water use was about one-half that needed with the normal flood system of irrigation.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces (USA). New Mexico Energy Inst.
OSTI Identifier:
5962904
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 5962904
Report Number(s):
NMEI-31
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; IRRIGATION; SOLAR WATER PUMPS; SOLAR HEAT ENGINES; DESIGN; CROPS; INSTALLATION; MAINTENANCE; NEW MEXICO; OPERATION; PARABOLIC TROUGH COLLECTORS; WATER REQUIREMENTS; CONCENTRATING COLLECTORS; ENGINES; HEAT ENGINES; NORTH AMERICA; PARABOLIC COLLECTORS; PUMPS; SOLAR COLLECTORS; SOUTHWEST REGION; USA; WATER PUMPS 140909* -- Solar Thermal Utilization-- Miscellaneous Solar Applications-- (1980-)

Citation Formats

Abernathy, G.H., and Mancini, T.R. Solar powered agricultural irrigation pumping. Technical report, 1 June, 1976-28 February, 1979. United States: N. p., 1979. Web.
Abernathy, G.H., & Mancini, T.R. Solar powered agricultural irrigation pumping. Technical report, 1 June, 1976-28 February, 1979. United States.
Abernathy, G.H., and Mancini, T.R. Thu . "Solar powered agricultural irrigation pumping. Technical report, 1 June, 1976-28 February, 1979". United States.
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abstractNote = {A solar-powered irrigation pumping system was designed and installed at Willard, New Mexico. The system incorporated an east-west oriented field of parabolic trough solar collectors to heat oil. The hot oil in turn heated freon which drove a high-speed turbine connected to the irrigation pump. Design of the system has been completed and all components have been installed and are operative at this time. Technical delays prevented the collection of operation and maintenance data to date, but under a new contract with Sandia Laboratories it is expected that this will be accomplished during the 1979 irrigation season. In conjunction with the solar pump, agricultural experiments were conducted by New Mexico State University. These included drip irrigation of typical food crops that could be grown in the area. Using drip irrigation, yields were 10 to 15 percent greater than would be expected on typical farms in the Estancia area. Water use was about one-half that needed with the normal flood system of irrigation.},
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