WorldWater Corp. Introduces Hybrid Solar Pump System – Works With Existing Electrical Grid or Diesel Generators
Breakthrough 'AquaMax(TM)' Hybrid Can Operate Pumps up to 600 HP,Operating Alone or in Combination With Other Generators
PENNINGTON, N.J., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WorldWater Corp.
(OTC Bulletin Board: WWAT.OB) today announced it will introduce its newly
developed hybrid solar irrigation pumping system at California's "World Ag
Expo" Feb. 12-14.
"This new hybrid, AquaMax(TM), is a true breakthrough in terms of both
power and flexibility," said Quentin T. Kelly, Chairman and CEO of WorldWater,
the international solar engineering and water management company based in New
Jersey. "It will work alone or interchangeably with existing grid electricity
or diesel generators and operate pumps up to 600 HP, contributing
significantly to a farmer's bottom line by cutting electrical or fuel costs
whenever the sun is shining, which also happens to be the peak cost period for
grid users," he said.
"The 'Max will be extremely useful for farmers and ranchers anywhere, of
course, but we're introducing it in California because of the high energy
costs there and the resultant efforts by the State to encourage renewable
power usage by rebates and tax incentives, hoping to reduce demand on the
grid," Mr. Kelly added.
The system's newly patented AquaDrive(TM) controller makes it possible for
the first time for solar technology to run powerful off-the-shelf AC pumps,
capable of driving large irrigation pivots or drip irrigation systems,
according to the Company's Executive Vice President, Dr. Anand Rangarajan.
"Other solar pumps are generally limited to 5 HP, so this is a major
technological advance," he declared.
"The hybrid system also ensures that the daily water requirement for
irrigation, or municipal water supply, for that matter, is supplied
irrespective of the weather conditions, even when there is a low level of
sunshine during winter or rainy seasons," Dr. Rangarajan stated.
The AquaDrive(TM) controller converts solar DC current to AC, then
supplies the AC power to the pump from either the solar array or the grid or
diesel generator or simultaneously from both sources, he said. Because of its
power, the AquaMax(TM) system could supply over 50% of many farmers or
ranchers' annual needs by solar alone. The hybrid operation is programmed and
completely automatic, he said, and thus manual intervention is not required to
switch from one power source to the other.