Franklin Electric launches all-in-one solar system pumping solution

Franklin Electric has developed a rugged, high-output solar pumping system which tackles the challenges of harsh and remote environments and provides maximum pumping power on sunny days when water is needed most. The new modular and compact Fhoton SolarPAK was jointly developed by Franklin Electric USA and Franklin Electric South Africa and offers a more versatile, all-in-one system solution for all solar pumping requirements.

Based on conventional borehole technology, the Fhoton SolarPAK pumps are the first of their kind on the South African market and include submersible, water-filled motors that operate at variable speeds, providing quiet, pollution-free, corrosion-free and self-lubricating water pumping solutions.

Application Engineering Manager for Franklin Electric SA Lyon Van Der Merwe notes that the Franklin Electric SolarPAK is unique in its use of standard borehole equipment backed up by access to full industry logistics and support, in comparison to other solar products on the market that use pump and motor technologies not necessarily suitable for reliable borehole applications. “Franklin Electric SA is bringing dependable, standard borehole equipment to the solar market for the first time in South Africa, giving our customers access to solar pumping systems with the same consistency as conventional borehole equipment,” says Van Der Merwe.

Besides negating the need for fuel-burning generators, the Fhoton SolarPAK is also more economical in the long run with many of the smaller sized systems costing little more than their fuel-powered equivalents. In addition, the solar system minimises future costs and cost uncertainties as the fuel is free and the pump element, which can be removed and replaced alone, is the only wearing part, with little or no maintenance required.

“With a solar pumping system there is a significant reduction of cost of ownership and customers are assured of many years of reliable water supply at near-zero operating cost,” says Van Der Merwe. He adds that the investment payback period for Franklin Electric’s Fhoton SolarPAK is 12–24 months, allowing customers to quickly realise the benefits of a solar-powered water pumping system.

Further advantages of the Fhoton SolarPAK include:

  • It is not reliant on fuel or electricity
  • Solar systems are expandable. A pump may be installed with the minimum number of modules. Later, when economies allows, the system may be expanded to full capacity
  • Solar electric-powered pumping is extremely efficient
  • Low-volume solar pumps can be utilised in marginal wells, otherwise considered dry
  • Solar pumps are very useful for lifting water from wells and pushing water through pipelines that may be several kilometres long
  • Solar pumps are constructed of high quality materials and designed for corrosion resistance and maintenance-free service even in harsh environments, offering long-term performance and reliability. 

The Franklin Electric SolarPAK is suitable for a variety of applications from livestock watering to rural water supply and renewable energy projects, and can be designed for small, medium and large scale water requirements. Typical flow ranges begin at 1 000 litres per day and from depths of 5 to 120 metres for small systems, while large scale flow systems can reach in excess of 185 000 litres per day and achievedepths of up to 300 metres. Small scale systems use highly efficient, standard AC motors and progressing cavity pumps, while medium scale systems utilise multi-stage, centrifugal submersible pumps powered by high efficiency permanent magnet motors. Large scale systems are driven by an array of high powered modules, ensuring reliability and an expected lifetime in excess of 20 to 25 years.  Power from the solar array is fed into a state-of-the-art electronic inverter which converts direct current into three-phase variable frequency output.

Franklin Electric is the leading manufacturer of world-class pumping solutions with an extensive branch and distribution network of authorised service providers offering wide-ranging support facilities to their customers. The company’s product portfolio is backed by a highly qualified, experienced, proficient team of design engineers, product managers and technical sales force.

Franklin Electric’s solar powered pumps will be available for purchase at NAMPO from 16 to 19 May at a once-off promotional offer for the duration of the show. There will also be prizes for visitors to the stand, with a grand prize of a complete solar powered pumping system, including a 250Wp solar panel. Visit Franklin Electric at stand 25.

For further information about Franklin Electric’s Fhoton SolarPAK, contact Neall Venter at Franklin Electric on neall.venter@fele.com or 011 723 6500, or visit www.franklin-electric.com.