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Water ministry mulls use of solar power

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Ministry of Water and Irrigation reviews possibility of using solar energy to improve water pumps.

Egypt's Ministry of Water and Irrigation considers solar energy to boost the performance of water pumps, amid fuel shortage (AFP Photo)

Egypt’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation considers solar energy to boost the performance of water pumps, amid fuel shortage
(AFP Photo)

Muhammad Abd al-Mansaf

The Ministry of Water and Mineral Resources’ Irrigation Development Centre recently sent a report to its minister, Mohammed Abdul Muttalib, which discussed the possibility of operating irrigation pumps with solar panels as opposed to traditional forms of electricity.

The report stated that the use of solar panels would improve the performance of irrigation pumps which currently rely on petroleum.

The market has recently been suffering from shortages of such resources, causing crises for farmers seeking to irrigate their land.

Abdul Muttalib has issued directives to begin implementing the new method along the Al-Halafi Canal, located in the region of Meet Yazid, in the governorate of Kafr Al-Sheikh, on 39 hectares of land. The project is expected to be completed within four months, to be paid for by the Ministry, at no cost to farmers.

Pumps operating on solar panels reportedly last upwards of 20 years, requiring only periodic basic repairs. The introduction of such panels would help remove some of the burden on the country’s electrical grid, which often suffers from blackouts.

Abdul Muttalib stated that the project was in its testing stages at the moment, and its progress would be followed and monitored to look for any possible negative effects before the idea is executed in the rest of the market.

 

Translated from Al-Borsa

  • Kelley Christian

    Egypt is nothing but sun, and with the major improvements in solar power I would think using it for many things would only be a plus for the country and for many industries.

  • abdul .a. shaiky

    EGYPT HAS A VERY ECONOMICAL ENVOIRNMENT FOR SOLAR POWER.

    EGYPT COULD MANUFACTURE SOLAE CELLS WITH THE HELP OF IRAN.!!
    Iranians Produce More Efficient Solar Cells
    Researchers from Tehran University used zinc oxide nanostructures instead of zinc oxide nanoparticles for producing dye-sensitized solar cells.
    Due to their high mobility, the nanostructures increase the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells, Fars News Agency reported.
    This research deals with the production, designing and characterization of solar cells based on dye-sensitized zinc oxide nanoparticles. The solar cells consist of an anode and a cathode…….


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