Volts system differences

I was looking at the Conenergy Solar Force Piston Pumps. I would need one operating straight from PV solar panels. I noted they had the pumps in 12V for $1787.00, 24V for $1806.00, and 48V for $1696.00.

How do I decide which voltage of sytem I want? My panels will have to be 150 - 160 feet from my pump. Would I want a higher voltage system because of the length between the two? What are the factors I should be looking at to decide what voltage of a system I need?

It also surprised me that the 48 volt pump was the cheapest. I am sure there is a reason for it.

Thanks in advance for any input....

Comments

  • icarusicarus Solar Expert Posts: 5,436 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Volts system differences

    Double the volts, halve the amps. At the distance that you mention, I would go with the highest voltage possible. Reduces the wire size, line loss.

    Tony
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,583 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Volts system differences

    > It also surprised me that the 48 volt pump was the cheapest. I am sure there is a reason for it.

    Less copper involved at higher voltage ??
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