Franklin Electric South Africa (SA) application engineering manager Lyon van der Merwe explains that the Fhoton SolarPAK is unique in its use of standard borehole equipment that is backed up by access to industry logistics and support.
He explains that the Fhoton SolarPAK is modular and compact and was jointly developed by Franklin Electric USA and Franklin Electric SA offering a versatile, all-in-one system solution for all solar pumping requirements.
The Fhoton SolarPAK is based on conventional borehole technology and includes submersible motors that, he points out, operate at variable speeds that provide quiet, pollution-free, corrosion-free and self-lubricating water pumping solutions.
“We are bringing dependable, standard borehole equipment to the solar market for the first time in South Africa, giving our customers access to solar pumping systems with the same consistency as conventional borehole equipment,” he says.
Van Der Merwe explains that the Fhoton SolarPAK is also economical in the long run with many of the smaller sized systems costing little more than the fuel-powered equivalents. The solar pumping system decreases future costs and cost uncertainties as the fuel is free and the pump element, which can be removed and replaced alone, is the only wearing part, with little or no maintenance required.
“With a solar pumping system, there is a significant reduction of cost of ownership and customers are assured of many years of reliable water supply at near-zero operating cost. “The investment payback period for Franklin Electric’s Fhoton SolarPAK is 12 to 24 months, allowing customers to quickly realise the benefits of a solar-powered water pumping system,” he points out.
Van der Merwe explains that the advantages of the Fhoton SolarPAK include not being reliant on fuel or electricity; being expandable; extremely efficiency, meaning pumps can be used in marginal wells, pushing water through pipelines that may be several kilometres long; being constructed of high-quality materials and designed for corrosion resistance and maintenance-free service even in harsh environments; and offering long-term performance and reliability.