http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.22Change: -0.23
R/$ = 11.16Change: -0.09
Au 1240.10 $/ozChange: -4.17
Pt 1243.50 $/ozChange: -18.70
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Apr 26, 2002

Solar water pump launched following Australian/SA JV

Back
Agriculture|Aviation|Comoros Islands|Construction|Engineering|Johannesburg|Africa|Allied Productions Industries|Compressors|Conveyors|Exploration|Fire|Flow|Motors|Packaging|PROJECT|Pumps|Rely Precision Castings|System|Waste|Water|Africa|Angola|Botswana|Burundi|Congo|Gabon|Kenya|Madagascar|Malawi|Mauritius|Mozambique|Namibia|Rwanda|Seychelles|Somalia|South Africa|Swaziland|Tanzania|Uganda|Zambia|Zimbabwe|Automotive|Battery Bank|Building|Electronics|Energy|Energy Losses|Flow|Maintenance|Manufacturing|Mining|Motors|Packaging|Transport|Andrew French|Motors|Power|Waste|Water|Motors
Agriculture|Aviation|Construction|Engineering||Africa|Compressors|Conveyors|Exploration|Fire|Flow|Motors|Packaging|PROJECT|Pumps|System|Waste|Water|Africa|Angola|Kenya|Tanzania|Zambia||Automotive|Building|Energy|Flow|Maintenance|Manufacturing|Mining|Motors|Packaging|Transport|Motors|Power|Waste|Water|Motors
agriculture|aviation|comoros-islands-city|construction|engineering|johannesburg|africa-company|allied-productions-industries|compressors|conveyors|exploration|fire|flow-company|motors-company|packaging-company|project|pumps|rely-precision-castings|system|waste-company|water-company|africa|angola|botswana|burundi|congo|gabon|kenya|madagascar|malawi|mauritius|mozambique|namibia|rwanda|seychelles|somalia|south-africa|swaziland|tanzania|uganda|zambia|zimbabwe|automotive|battery-bank-industry-term|building|electronics|energy|energy-losses|flow-industry-term|maintenance|manufacturing|mining|motors-industry-term|packaging|transport-industry-term|andrew-french|motors-person|power|waste|water|motors
More Insight
© Reuse this Through a joint venture with Australian-based pumps company Magnetic Gearing and Turbine (MGT), Boksburg castings company Rely Precision Castings, a division of Allied Productions Industries (API), has launched the MGT-50 solar water pump for use in the agricultural industry and in remote areas.

Australian inventor Andrew French, who was recently in South Africa during the launch, said that with the water and sanitation problems in developing countries, particularly in Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is interested in the MGT concept, a radical drive-motor system that minimises energy losses, with particular emphasis in a water-pumping application.

He reports that the South African-based company API has begun building machines that have a single motor running four pumps.

"MGT South Africa will be manufacturing and supplying pumps for domestic and agricultural purposes to those in need in the country, as well as to neighbouring countries," said French.

These pumps will be supplied to Angola, Botswana, Burundi, the Comoros Islands, Gabon, Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius and Mozambique.

Other countries include Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The firm is currently running a pilot project at a rural area on the outskirts of Johannesburg, where the pump is used to supply water.

French invented the pump on his farm, where he used magnets to excite rotation in a wheel.

Further developments resulted in the construction of the first portable fully-operational unit that can pump water, compress air, run refrigeration and hydraulics off a 24 V motor with no belts, chains or lubricants required.

"It allows for efficient power transmission to run machines efficiently and with no loss of energy through heat in the drive system," he explained The pumps and compressors are mounted on top of flywheels, which can be mounted on top of alternators.

Energy that would have been spent as heat is recycled through the alternators and stored back into a battery bank as chemical energy, while its central-drive motors get power from the same battery bank.

"There are thousands of applications, portable or permanent, large or small in engineering and industry, manufacturing and production, electronics and robotics, agriculture and mining, and transport," he said.

"The basic unit with four flywheels can have eight drive shafts, one each end, and eight water pumps could be driven from one motor on the same level with high efficiencies," explained French.

The drive system has reportedly been proved to be 18,8% more efficient when using a 'V' belt drive system.

"Experts estimate that about 90% of African diseases are waste borne due to pollution and stagnant water, therefore this machine has the ability to pump water and purify it too," assured French.

"We saw the need in Africa and opted to bring the technology where it is needed most as it pumps about 30 000 l/day," he adds.

WHO recommends that each person be entitled to 30 l/day, therefore the pump would serve about 3 000 people a day.

Worth noting is that it can also be run from a car or truck battery.

Other uses and industries to benefit from the technology include conveyors, processing and packaging, fishing and forestry, mining and primary industry.

The rest include automotive, transport and aviation uses, refrigeration and heating, construction, building and maintenance, emergency relief and disaster-rescue teams. In addition, benefits could be found for urban and rural fire-fighting, computers and electronics, food and beverage, petrochemical and plastics, hygiene and health and space exploration.

"Many other applications will flow from this mechanical, engineering and scientific advance," said French.

He reports that the firm will enter into 50:50 joint-venture arrangements with suitable partners in countries in need.

There will also be special application licences granted to companies that wish to develop machinery for individual applications in which they specialise.
Edited by: nkolola halwindi
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Pumps News
MAHLE WATER-FILTRATION SYSTEM The system is automated and is used to prime and lubricate the water feed pumps
Valve manufacturer Omsa has supplied two Mahle water-filtration systems to a local water supplier’s facilities, in Bloemfontein, in the Free State. These systems formed part of a new feed-water-supply system that was recently installed at the supplier’s facilities....
VERDERFLEX DURA 55 PUMP The Dura 55 expands the Dura range’s flow rates from less than 1 ℓ/hr to 15.3 m³/hr at pressures of up to 16 bar
Alongside pumps technology company Verder Pumps South Africa’s (VPSA’s) existing range of industrial pumps, the company exhibited its new Verderflex Dura 55 peristaltic pump for optimum performance and easy maintenance in heavy-duty applications at the Electra Mining...
More
 
 
Latest News
Swedish Ambassador to South Africa Christian Meuwly will next week inaugurate the final roll-out of the new vertical shaft brick kiln (VSBK) at clay brick manufacturer Langkloof Bricks’ facility in Jeffrey’s Bay. The VSBK formed a part of economic, social and...
Hot on the heels of the launch of Rustenburg’s rapid transport system’s brand name and logo last week, a negotiation framework agreement (NFA) has been formally agreed to and signed by the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) and taxi and bus operators affected by the...
The runway at the George Airport, in the Western Cape, has been rehabilitated to improve safety, in terms of run-off and storm water drainage, and the structural capacity of the pavement surface. The scope of work comprised the extension of Runway 11/29, the...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has partnered with Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) professor and founder and CEO of PanAvest Partnership Dr Douglas Boateng to publish a series of books on executive supply chain management aimed at...
MORNÉ DU PLESSIS Increased urgency and burgeoning awareness of the importance of these issues are beginning to change political risks and, thus, State responses to environmental concerns
The World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) 2014 Living Planet Index (LPI) indicates that there has been a 52% decline in vertebrate species since 1970. The Index tracked the trends of 10 000 discrete populations of over 3000 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2010.
Rwanda has joined a number of East African countries seeking to import electricity from Ethiopia as its demand grows. After it became apparent several generation project it is implementing will not come on stream early enough, now plans to import 400 MW from Ethiopia...
Metrorail’s first new passenger train will arrive in November next year, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.”
The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks