Water Pumping with Wind Power

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Wind turbine technology has been used to pump water since ancient history. Direct mechanically coupled wind turbines are the most common method for pumping water to farm croplands and livstock. Many mroe recent wind turbines are electrically coupled, with a water pump connected to the wind turbine via a motor-generator connection. With electrical coupling, the distance and location of the waterpump is independent of the location of the wind turbine. Therefore, the wind turbine can be located at optimal wind energy site while the water pump is close to the water well or water tank. This document analyzes a water-pumping system consisting of a wind turbine, a permanent magnet sychronous generator, an induction motor, and a centrifugal-type water pump.
Original languageAmerican English
PagesVol. 2: 638-647
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1994
Event1994 North American Power Symposium - Manhattan, Kansas
Duration: 26 Sep 199426 Sep 1994


Conference1994 North American Power Symposium
CityManhattan, Kansas

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-25355


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