ABB India has come up with an innovative solution that uses solar power as a reliable source for pumping water throughout the day. The result is the ABB solar pump drive, which is designed to use maximum power point tracking technology for optimal solar power use.

The solar pump drive is delivered to pump manufacturers and system integrators who then build the complete package and supply it to farmers. There is a huge need for this intelligent drive system in the Indian market, due to the limited supply of grid power. The drive system has a lot of potential, particularly throughout Asia, Africa and South America. The current business for this product is either to replace old diesel pumps with new PV cells and drives, or to provide a new installation of a complete system.

The complete system consists of four components: PV cell, ABB drive, motor and pump. The current implementation of the ABB solar pump drive system uses a PV cell as its power source, which is connected to the DC busbar connectors on an ACS355 machinery drive. The drive is connected to the motor that runs the pump. After dawn, when the intensity of sunlight is sufficient to trigger the PV cell, the drive automatically starts the motor and runs the pump to draw water. At sunset the drive turns off the motor and the flow of water flow ceases. It is also possible for customers to run the drive using power from the grid.


ABB’s solar pump drive system is now available in Australia. It is particularly suited for the irrigation of farms, where energy savings are a prime concern, as well as water pumping applications at remote sites, where it is simply not possible to connect to the power grid.

For further information, please visit or call ABB on 1800 222 435.

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