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Case Study 3:
Smart Hydraulic Pump
Northland, New Zealand

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Millar's Beef Farm Turns Sunlight Into Pumping Power

Northland comprises many dairy and cattle farms which in summer can suffer drought conditions. Millar's Farm originally employed both diesel amd petrol water pumps to lift water to two 100m high storage tanks set 1km apart.  There was no access to grid electricity and the existing fuel pumps were costy to run and maintain.

EcoInnovation has solved the problem of water pumping to high head locations of up to 250m. They've developed a home grown New Zealand made solution which harnesses solar energy.

EcoInnovation, a company renowned for innovative renewable energy solutions, has teamed up with Independent Power, a specialist in remote Solar PV solutions, to deliver the Smart Hydraulic Pump (SHP). The pump is simple to install and maintain. It offsets up to 3 tonnes of CO2 per annum, while seeing a financial payback within 1 to 5 years depending on requirements and site location.

KEY FACTS

CUSTOMER
Millar's Beef Finishing Farm

PROJECT
Smart Hydraulic Pump

SYSTEM SIZE
1.04 kWp

MODULE TYPE
270 W YGE Polycrystalline

CONNECTED
April 2017

INSTALLER
Self-Installed

"The SHP means we have reliable and free water pumping, it averaged 15 l/min over summer and both tanks were often overflowing.  This pump fits in well with our principals of having more sustainable afrming practises and using solutions that save both time and money.  WE are delighted to have Yingli modules to provide reliable and long term power for the SHP which safeguards our investment."

Jill and Russell Millar
MILLAR'S BEEF FINISHING FARM




TECHNICAL
SPECIFICATION

QUANTITY & TYPE OF MODULE
4 x YGE 270

ANNUAL WATER PUMPED
2 million litres

ORIENTATION
North and East Arrays

CO2 SAVINGS FROM FUEL
Up to 3 tonnes

KEY BENEFITS

  • No grid is required
  • System arrives as a complete kit with easy DIY installation
  • Smart Hydraulic Pump lifts water up to 250m
  • Zero fueld costs with CO2 savings of up to 3 tonnes per year
  • Financial payback typically within 1 to 5 years

In addition to the above benefits, improved water reticulation increase stock carrying capacity and also improves lambing and/o calving percentages.  Stock weight is also enhanced.


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