Grundfos' new SQFlex Large brings sustainable pumping solutions to Thailand's agricultural industry

Friday 08 October 2021 14:32
Grundfos, a global leader in advanced pump solutions and water technology, introduces the SQFlex Large, an extension of its long-standing SQFlex Solar Powered Submersible Pump Range. In addition to lowering on-farm energy use and carbon emissions, the range offers several benefits over traditional grid-based or diesel-powered pumping systems, including easy installation, low maintenance and low operating costs.
Grundfos' new SQFlex Large brings sustainable pumping solutions to Thailand's agricultural industry

As one of the largest exporters of rice in the world, Thailand's agricultural industry is facing increased pressure on the country's path towards net zero emissions. The rice production industry reportedly consumes the largest amount of water , resulting in large amounts of energy used for irrigation. With irrigation alone contributing a significant portion of energy use, solar powered solutions present great potential to the sector in achieving energy cost savings and reducing carbon emissions.

In response to rising environmental concerns, Thailand has made great progress shifting towards renewable energy which now accounts for over one third of the country's energy sources . SQFlex Large is designed to the country's natural conditions to provide reliable energy while maximising agricultural production. With the extension, Grundfos' SQFlex now includes five high speed models - three large, one medium and one small capacity - providing a comprehensive range of solar-powered water pumping applications.

The SQFlex Large provides reliable off-grid water supply for stock watering, irrigation, and agricultural water supply and transfer. The solutions include a built-in frequency converter which ensures compatibility to power from any source, as the motor runs on both AC and DC from power sources such as solar panels and generators. The range also incorporates intelligent dry-run sensor protection - in the event the bore runs dry, the motor is protected and will stop running, restarting automatically.

"The SQFlex Large range extension demonstrates our continued priority to develop products that meet the needs and expectations of our customers while straying true to our commitment to offering sustainable solutions. The new range allows our customers to expand their solar application capabilities with a simple and reliable complete pumping solution that is easy to install with very little maintenance needed," says Rick Holland, Senior Regional Sales Director, Water Utility - APAC & Country Director Australia.

Customers will be able to access the Grundfos GO Solar mobile app that provides three ways to size solar-powered water systems. The app will allow customers to size solar pumping systems offline, and provides a built-in water calculator based on geolocation, which determines the average estimated amount of water needed for homes, crops, or livestock. The Grundfos GO Solar app is available on the App Store for both iOS and Android devices.

Summary of benefits:

  • Ultra-long Life: Built for harsh conditions with stainless steel construction and base mount zinc anodes
  • Smart control: The smart internal motor control adjusts pump speed accordingly to solar DC power input
  • Easily compatible: Can be used with a wide range of power supplies, such as solar, generator or AC power
  • Intelligent protection: If your bore runs dry, the motor is protected and will stop running, restarting automatically
  • Low operating costs: The use of renewal energy sources results in an extremely low operating cost
  • Low maintenance: Built-in electronics and the use of high-quality materials offer improved pump operation

Source: Baldwin Boyle Group (Thailand)