Solar Powered Aeration Systems
Electrical costs can be a major portion of a wastewater system’s operating budget. Solar powered aeration systems offer the possibility of substantial savings over conventional powered systems. We carry solar powered systems by Waste Stream Technologies that offer an affordable, low maintenance and dependable option for aerating your lagoon.
Advantages of Solar Powered Aeration Systems
The obvious main advantage of solar power is that you are not having to pay for the electricity to power your air delivery system. You can leave it on during the offseason to maintain DO levels in your lagoon more or less free of charge.
The Main Disadvantage of Solar Power
The most obvious disadvantage of solar power is that it relies on the sun. During the night hours or in cloudy weather, a solar powered system must rely on batteries or shut down until the sun comes back out. Depending on the location, this can be a minor or major issue.
Converting an Existing Power Grid Aeration System To Solar Power
If you have an existing aeration system that is powered by the conventional power grid and would like to utilize solar power, we have a solution for you! The PicoCell by Waste Stream Technologies seamlessly blends energy between a solar array and the power grid. PicoCell, a unique solar power controller based on advanced patented technology, can run any
AC motor directly off solar panels.
The PicoCell offers the following benefits:
• Maximize solar energy use and use electricity at night or when cloudy
• Seamlessly blends energy between your solar array and the power grid
• No circuit panel installation required, plugs in as simple outlet load
• Universal compatibility – single/three phase, 50 or 60Hz, 120Vac or 230Vac
• Simple installation and smart operation
During time of full solar irradiance, the PicoCell and Power Blending Controller will draw maximum power from the PV array. As cloud cover or impending darkness reduce the level of solar irradiance, the system automatically makes up the difference by drawing from the grid. As full darkness descends, the system can draw all of its power from the grid. In high energy cost areas this allows for both power firming during the day and full nighttime operation while consuming as little power from the grid as possible.