Smart solar pumps use big data to stop Africa being sucked dry
The pumps’ sensors record real-time data such as energy usage and pump speed in each location, which is then used to calculate groundwater extraction rates and levels
NAIROBI, Dec 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – High-tech solar pumps mapping underground freshwater reservoirs across Africa are collecting data that can help prevent them running dry, the project’s developers said on Tuesday.
Manufactured by British social enterprise Futurepump, the solar pumps are being used by thousands of small-scale farmers in 15 African nations, including Kenya and Uganda, as a cleaner, cheaper option to diesel and gasoline-powered ones.
The pumps’ sensors record real-time data such as energy usage and pump speed in each location, which is shared with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to calculate groundwater extraction rates and levels.
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January 17, 2020
South Asia Correspondent
Thomson Reuters Foundation