Sizing and modelling of photovoltaic water pumping system

A. Al-Badi*, H. Yousef, T. Al Mahmoudi, M. Al-Shammaki, A. Al-Abri

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With the decline in price of the photovoltaics (PVs) their use as a power source for water pumping is the most attractive solution instead of using diesel generators or electric motors driven by a grid system. In this paper, a method to design a PV pumping system is presented and discussed, which is then used to calculate the required size of the PV for an existing farm. Furthermore, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions saved by the use of PV water pumping system instead of using diesel-fuelled generators or electrical motor connected to the grid network is calculated. In addition, an experimental set-up is developed for the PV water pumping system using both DC and AC motors with batteries. The experimental tests are used to validate the developed MATLAB model. This research work demonstrates that using the PV water pumping system is not only improving the living conditions in rural areas but it is also protecting the environment and can be a cost-effective application in remote locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-427
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Energy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 28 2018


  • PV modules
  • greenhouse gases
  • solar radiation
  • water pumping system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • General Energy
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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