IRRIG8Quick Irrigation Energy Efficiency guidelines and worksheets have been loaded on the Page Bloomer website: See http://www.pagebloomer.co.nz/resources/tools/irrigation-energy-efficiency/
These guidelines and worksheets were funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, EECA.
There are two separate guidelines, one for the pumping plant (pump and motor) and one for the delivery system (headworks and mainline). Ideally you’ll do both – they are designed to work together.
Why check pump performance?
Profitability – Incorrectly sized or physically deteriorated pumps will waste energy and money. A good pumping system saves money!
Sustainability – efficient pumping minimises energy use and carbon emissions. A good pumping system saves the environment!
Pump and motor selection are important system design considerations. Incorrectly sized pumps and/or motors will not operate at their most efficient points. So they will waste energy.
Low pressure is a common cause of poor irrigation uniformity which reduces overall system effectiveness and efficiency. The pump must provide adequate pressure and flow to ensure the system operates as designed.
Excessive pressure affects performance and wastes energy. Pump selection will usually allow about 5% extra pressure capacity to allow for slippage with time. But excessively oversized pumps are major energy wasters.
Why check delivery system performance?
Profitability – Incorrectly sized or physically deteriorated components can waste energy and money. A good system saves money!
Sustainability – energy efficient irrigation minimises energy use and carbon emissions. A good system saves the environment!
Pipe and component selection are important system design considerations. Selecting smaller options may reduce up front capital cost, but increases ongoing energy costs as bigger pumps are required. The correct selections optimise the necessary trade-offs.