inverter for well pump

mrleemus1mrleemus1 Registered Users Posts: 28 ✭✭
i have a typical L1 + N + L2  (220 volt) well pump . I have plenty of solar panels and plenty of storage batteries. I need an inverter that will do the job. Any recommendations from the group on a fairly inexpensive unit that i can use?
Lee

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  • mcgivormcgivor Registered Users Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭✭
    Way to little information, there is no typical water pump, deep well, shallow well, suction head, total head, current rating, power factor,the list goes on.......but welcome to the forum, please give more detailed information your  questions are too vague for anyone to comment, location may help as products vary in different markets.
      1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider 150 60 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 8×T105 GC 24V nominal 

  • mrleemus1mrleemus1 Registered Users Posts: 28 ✭✭
    This pump is on my house solar system that is @ 6,000 watts of panels with two Trace 24 volt 4,000 watt inverters in series to get 220 volts - i want to seperate it from my house system.---its a 1 horsepower Grundfos deep well pump. 220 volt that draws around 6-7 amps. The pressure switch shuts it off at 40-45 psi.
    I am in central california
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,249 ✭✭✭✭
    A 1HP pump will need a pretty beefy inverter to start it up.
    Is there a Pump Control Box (not the pressure switch) that has some electronics in it, to start the pump, or is it buried in the pump down the hole.   There are 2 types of AC pumps. 3 wire and 2 wire.  2 wire has control box down the hole, 3 wire has control box on top for easy service of the capacitor that goes bad.
    Here's a chart of typical pump motors, all generic AC induction motors have about the same power requirements. Starting draw is many times running current LRA = Locked Rotor Amps and your inverter needs to be able to supply that power for about 3-5 seconds.
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  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 1,416 ✭✭✭✭
    Just to clarify, does the pump currently work with existing inverters?
    Off-grid.  
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
  • AguarancherAguarancher Solar Expert Posts: 263 ✭✭✭
    edited July 12 #6

    mrleemus1 said: Just to clarify - and more information that may be relavent--yes the pump currently works fine---If memory serves correctly---; It started out @ 10 yrs ago  as a variable frequency drive Grundfos sq series with a CU-301 controller. That controller failed 2 two times (cost over $300 each time) and was subsequently replaced 4 yrs ago with a typical pressure switch system. I have plenty of spare panels and batteries and want to set up another array to supply the power needed. I just don't know what inverter to get. I dont wanna duplicate the 2 trace inverter system thats too costly. Lee




    If your pump is an SQ, buying the controller for $400, adding all your extra panels to power it, invest in a large storage tank and use a small 120V pressure pump & tank might work unless you have a need for the pump to run all day. Cycling is what kills the controller. If you can just let it run off the solar panels direct into a storage tank it should last many years. IMO

    ps,,just reread your first post and I thought you had extra panels..i now see it is part of your system.
  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 1,416 ✭✭✭✭
    An inverter (or stack thereof) that will handle the surge for the pump won't be cheap, especially with 230vac output and 24vdc input. Depending on your other loads, maybe consider using the existing inverters for the pump, and new for the house?
    Off-grid.  
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
  • HorseflyHorsefly Registered Users Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
    Estragon said:
    An inverter (or stack thereof) that will handle the surge for the pump won't be cheap, especially with 230vac output and 24vdc input. Depending on your other loads, maybe consider using the existing inverters for the pump, and new for the house?
    It may be close, but I think that the Schneider Electric SW4024 would be able to handle it. My opinion is based mostly on researching this very data before we bought it for out cabin. It has a split-phase 240V output, so it can support the 3-wire 1HP pump. It is now operating at our cabin, with a 2-wire 120V 1/2HP pump on one leg without appearing to even strain much. We plan to replace that 42 year old pump with the 230V 1/2HP SQ when the old one fails. The SW4024 has a 7,000W surge capability, which is a little less than @mike95490 posted in his table. But the surge on one leg according to Mike's table would exceed what the SW4024 is spec'd for on one leg. One difference in our situation may be that our other loads that may be one when the pump runs are really small (LED lights and cell phone chargers).
    Off-grid cabin: 6 x Canadian Solar CSK-280M PV panels, Schneider XW-MPPT60-150 Charge Controller, Schneider CSW4024 Inverter/Charger, Schneider SCP, 4 x Vmax XTR12-155 12V, 155AH batteries in a 2x2 24V 310AH bank.
  • jonrjonr Solar Expert Posts: 844 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 13 #9
    > i have a typical L1 + N + L2  (220 volt) well pump .

    Every 220V well pump I've seen doesn't make use of neutral and therefore doesn't need a split-phase inverter.
  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 1,416 ✭✭✭✭
    > @jonr said:
    > > i have a typical L1 + N + L2  (220 volt) well pump .
    >
    > Every 220V well pump I've seen doesn't make use of neutral and therefore doesn't need a split-phase inverter.

    You still need 230-240v phase to phase, and 24vdc in.
    Off-grid.  
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
  • solarvicsolarvic Solar Expert Posts: 1,041 ✭✭✭
    Do your pump have soft start? The ones that have soft start have are supposed to have perminent  magnets that do not need a power surge to start. I have a 1/2 horsepower one laid up for when my 220 volt pump fails, but it keeps on chugging away. I have a magnum inverter MS-4024 that runs my 3/4 hp  pump I bought at home depot and the water heater at the same time. The magnum also supplys 220 volt. Solar vic
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