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Journal of Solar Energy
Volume 2018, Article ID 8471715, 12 pages
Research Article

Dynamic Modelling of a Solar Water Pumping System with Energy Storage

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada

Correspondence should be addressed to Shatadru Biswas; ac.num@872bbs

Received 19 October 2017; Revised 4 December 2017; Accepted 17 December 2017; Published 8 April 2018

Academic Editor: Sundaram Senthilarasu

Copyright © 2018 Shatadru Biswas and M. Tariq Iqbal. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper describes the dynamic modelling of a system used for extraction of groundwater for irrigation using an alternative source of energy. The system is designed based on data of an existing project in Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh. The system comprises a 38.4 kWp solar photovoltaic array, inverter, AC motor, and pump set, which can discharge a maximum of 1,930 m3 of water per day. MATLAB simulation is performed with two types of energy storage system: (i) electric energy using a battery bank and (ii) stored water in a large water tank. A large battery bank and a transformer are needed in the former one, which turns out as a costly solution. The latter one requires a boost converter and a large water tank to store around 2,000 m3 of water, which is also a costly solution. A combination of both systems yields an efficient and economical solution. The effectiveness of these three systems is compared with conventional diesel engine system.