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Characterization of Pumps for Irrigation in Central California: Potential Energy Savings





ITRC Report No.

P 12-005



13 pages



Pérez Urrestarazu, L. and Burt, C. M.



J. Irrig. Drain Eng., 138(9), 815–822.






In this paper, the information recovered from over 15,000 electric irrigation pump tests in central California is analyzed. The objectives of this study are to define the common characteristics attributed to pumps with best and worst performance and to identify the possible target groups that might benefit from improvements, obtaining potential energy savings. According to this analysis, energy savings of more than 100,000 MWh/year could be achieved for well pumps, with a per-pump average of 50 MWh/year. For non-well pumps, the total potential savings are 16,500 MWh/year, and the average per pump is 34 MWh/year.




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