ABB presents new solar drive for water pumps


Zurich – ABB is launching a new solar drive for sustainable water pumps worldwide. ACQ80 draws the greatest possible power from the solar modules and maximizes the pump output throughout the day.

ABB is launching a new solar drive for water pumps on the international market, according to a press release. According to the Zurich-based company, the ACQ80 model is characterized by the fact that it uses sustainable solar energy for water pumping applications such as irrigation and water supply. Furthermore, the MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) logic integrated into the drive ensures that the greatest possible power is drawn from the solar modules in order to maximize the pump output throughout the day.

The device can be operated with a direct current supply from photovoltaic modules as well as with an alternating current supply from the mains or a generator for 24-hour pump operation.

Photovoltaic-powered water pump systems are becoming increasingly important worldwide, according to ABB. They play an important role in reducing CO2 emissions associated with water pumping and can be used in areas with poor network coverage where a reliable supply is essential for agricultural irrigation, livestock watering and drinking purposes.

“A solution with low CO2 emissions is critical for irrigation, agriculture and water supply to ensure a sustainable future. The ACQ80 is an ABB innovation that will play an important role globally as it enables solar pumping systems to operate with maximum efficiency and reliability, even with fluctuating solar radiation,” said Jugal Patnaik, Global Product Manager for Solar Pump Drives at ABB.

The ACQ80 was awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label by the Solar Impulse Foundation in Lausanne. ce/gba