Franklin Electric Launches Fhoton SolarPAK System
A Cost-Effective Solar Water Pumping Solution
Franklin Electric is introducing the Fhoton SolarPAK System, which utilizes Franklin’s solar technology with the new Fhoton solar controller. The Fhoton SolarPAK System features a Franklin Electric submersible pump and motor, and the Fhoton solar controller in one package.
When used with solar panels to power the pump and motor, the system draws groundwater to the surface for a variety of uses. The system is designed with remote or “off grid” areas where delivering water is impractical due to the availability of electricity, or for homeowners that simply want to conserve energy.
The catalyst behind this new system, the Fhoton solar controller, features a compact modular design, providing installation flexibility for the contractor. For added durability, it includes an IP66, NEMA 4 enclosure that protects against wildlife, insects, dust and weather. The controller includes diagnostic features and built-in protection from potential harmful conditions, such as surge, underload (dry run), over voltage, locked pump, open and short circuit, overheated controller, and reverse polarity.
The Franklin Electric Fhoton SolarPAK System is cULus and UL approved and available in a variety of flow rates from 2.5 to 90 gpm (9.5 to 270 lpm) and power ratings of 0.75 and 1.5 hp (0.55 or 1.1 kW). Fhoton’s motor control algorithm and hardware design enable the end user to get a higher solar- or photon-to-water energy conversion ratio, which means more water with less sunlight needed. It can drive a broad range of submersible and surface motor types and can be used in a new solar array or retrofit to an existing array in many cases, providing added application flexibility.
The Fhoton SolarPAK System supports a variety of pumping applications, including livestock watering, tank/cistern filling, wildlife refuge and game farms, rural water supply for villages and homesteads, irrigation systems, fountains, vineyards, renewable energy projects, effluent pumping and rain harvesting.
The company says most locations globally have ample sunlight to run a solar pumping system, and given the fact that solar panels are cost effective, there is immediate value for contractors to install these highly efficient systems. The technology is still new to many, so the entire solar package of panels, pump, motor, and controller/drive are backed by Franklin’s team of Field Service Engineers to simplify installation process. In addition, contractors can become a Franklin Certified Solar Contractor, which helps them identify market trends, selling tips and become a solar pumping expert.
Franklin Electric offers an array of systems and components for moving water and automotive fuels. It serves residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial and municipal customers around the world. For more information, visit www.franklin-electric.com.