Grundfos 6 SQF-2 question

Desert RatDesert Rat Solar Expert Posts: 122 ✭✭✭
I'm involved in a well project for a village in rural Mexico. They already have a new 6 SQF-2 pump. We will be powering the pump directly from solar panels. The specs from Grundfos show a maximum current of 8.4A for the pump motor. I called NAWS with some questions, and the guy I spoke with said that 8.4A was the minimum current for the motor; that the motor would not start at a lesser amperage. This doesn't sound right to me. Thoughts?

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  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Any motor will require a higher current to start from stall, think of pushing a car, takes more energy to get it moving, less to keep it moving, the Grundfos website has a sizing tool where you enter water requirements, location, hours of sun, total head etcetera to determine  PV required.
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  • jonrjonr Solar Expert Posts: 1,386 ✭✭✭✭
    It's the maximum, but don't concern yourself with what goes to the motor (vs the controller).

    You want  panels producing 30-300 VDC, with 120-300V being best.  100W is the lowest they list, 2000W is the max (but it will only use up to 1400W).  See pump curves here:

    https://www.solar-electric.com/lib/wind-sun/SQFlex_Product_Guide.pdf

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  • Desert RatDesert Rat Solar Expert Posts: 122 ✭✭✭
    So is it OK for the solar array to produce more than 8.4A?
  • westbranchwestbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,183 ✭✭✭✭
    Think of this as it is like your household electricity use, you plug in a vacuum that uses 9 Amps and there is 120V and ~15 amps waiting at the plug in...  only the amps needed are used...
     
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  • Desert RatDesert Rat Solar Expert Posts: 122 ✭✭✭
    Thanks to all for your help.
  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    So is it OK for the solar array to produce more than 8.4A?
    The larger the array capacity, the longer the run capabilities, reaching operating current sooner and ending later in the day.
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    Second system 1890W  3 × 300W No name brand poly, 3×330 Sunsolar Poly panels, Morningstar TS 60 PWM controller, no name 2000W inverter 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery with Daly BMS, used for water pumping and day time air conditioning.  
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  • jonrjonr Solar Expert Posts: 1,386 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2018 #8
    At 120V, the controller will make use of up to ~11.7A.   At 300V, it won't use more than ~4.7A.   In all cases, excessive amps or watts capability in the panels is OK.

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