Drip irrigation is an ideal application for solar pumping. The inherently rural nature of agriculture leads to a high upfront cost to bringing grid power to the fields. The cost of diesel in rural and remote areas makes diesel generators or diesel driven pumps impractical.
Historically, drip irrigation has been deployed using one large, central pump coupled with an industrial variable frequency drive or a
By moving to a distributed architecture where each zone is powered by its own autonomous solar powered pump with a VFD controller,
The PicoCell’s sensor management capabilities allow for the zone specific integration of soil moisture and other sensors. The integrated WiFi or cellular communications module allows for the remote management of the system at a very granular level.