Farm Guide VIC : 2014-15
46 Sustainability Solar Pumping There is no denying that installing solar power photovoltaic (PV) modules to supply motors/pumps offers amazing benefits. It can be designed for new or retro fitted to existing installations. Three phase motors up to 600kW and single phase supply up to 4kW (Off Grid) with PID pressure control and covers loss of prime protection. Complying with Australian standards CE certified AS 5033:2012 and ISO 9001. These systems are perfect for irrigation reticulation, centre pivot irrigation, lateral irrigators (including three phase flood/ surface irrigation pumping), subsurface irrigation and sprinklers. You can also replace old windmills with solar pumping. Solar Monitoring Solar Monitoring maximizes the opportunity to ensure the system is performing appropriately at all times. The features available are energy production, consumption, and ambient temperature. Solar module temperature, irradiance levels (sun light level) wind speed, iPhone/ipad app, also compatible with most inverters. Using a monitoring system help you continually check automatically for any faults, minimize down time, prevents loss of production, display performance online and cost analyses of your investment. Waste Oil Heaters & Boilers: An opportunity to use a valued recycled resource more efficiently through Waste Oil Heaters & Boilers with minimal residue and little maintenance; reducing running costs for homes, farms and businesses. This includes space heating (air) in workshops, warehouses, home and office (radiators, slab heating) using hydronic heating (water heating) for the dairy industry, hydroponics, nurseries, poultry using recycled waste as used oils (i.e. vegetable, animal, and conventional oil). Integrated control systems are available in industrial applications if required. With the increasing consciousness about energy efficiency in Australia, people are looking for ways to save energy in their farm or businesses. Using solar energy to power your property is undoubtedly a good option as it can reduce the energy costs. Including the valuable resource of recycled waste and used oils; creating a healthier environment and reducing the carbon foot print by using solar as clean source of energy. Article kindly provided by Glynncorp Electrical. Ground Mount & Pole Mount Systems Ground Mount & Pole Mount Systems are commonly used when there is plenty of space or there isn’t a suitable roof. Concrete or screw footings are required for both types of systems using an aluminium or galvanised steel frame construction. These structures are engineered to cope with the loads and forces meeting Australia Standards & Building Code of Australia. The pole and ground mount structures can be easily adjusted manually to access the maximum solar gain when the season changes from summer to winter. Solar tracking: Debates still go on about global warming; however this has led to the widespread adoption of green energy generated by renewable sources like solar power. This has caused an increase in demand for a sustainable power generating solution like solar tracking. A solar tracking system is used to adjust the solar panels toward the sun. Technology that goes a long way in improving the energy yield of solar power plants by up to 30-45% compared to fixed systems depending on the latitude.