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LdMorgan:
The Bellocq Pump

I've never used one of these, but I've had the tech on file for years, just in case.

This is a rig that can pull water up from VERY deep, in generous quantities, using no more electricity than a small sewing machine motor. It could definitely be solar powered, and doesn't particularly require AC.

It's very simple, and just about anyone should be able to knock one together pretty easily.

Here's where to look:

http://www.rexresearch.com/bellocq/bellocq.htm

Enjoy!

DDrew:

--- Quote from: ldmorgan on April 22, 2009, 05:45:43 PM ---The Bellocq Pump

I've never used one of these, but I've had the tech on file for years, just in case.

This is a rig that can pull water up from VERY deep, in generous quantities, using no more electricity than a small sewing machine motor. It could definitely be solar powered, and doesn't particularly require AC.

It's very simple, and just about anyone should be able to knock one together pretty easily.

Here's where to look:

http://www.rexresearch.com/bellocq/bellocq.htm

Enjoy!


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I've been looking at this and found a video on it at http://www.archive.org/details/BobPaddockTonibioBellocqCompressionWavePumpinoperation and more information at http://www.unusualresearch.com/Pump/bellocq.htm. I'm interested in this pump, and was curious if anyone has seen this in action (other than these old videos)? If it looks promising, I know of a machinist that may be able to make one.  Is anyone else interested in getting one, if we can make it work?

LdMorgan:
I'm interested in getting one. I've started a project to design one you could make out of off-the-shelf parts (as far as possible) but haven't made much progress on it yet. Strapped for free time at the moment.

“Mark”:

--- Quote from: susan1957 on April 20, 2009, 07:21:43 PM ---I'm now checking again to see if there is another way but so far this does look like what we will be doing.  Does anyone have any information on what to do with a cistern.  I was so upset the solar wouldn't work I didn't ask.

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If possible, elevate your cistern. If you keep it in your attic, you will have sufficient pressure for most purposes just from gravity (except taking showers, perhaps). If you have two stories, even better!

My grandparents used a gasoline-powered water pump, and kept a cistern in their attic. They had an overflow pipe that dumped into the bathtub for the rare occasion they pumped too long. After some experience with pumping water, they knew how many minutes it would take to fill the tank. They pumped water about every two days.

If you're going to be running a generator to power your pump, consider getting a gas powered pump which should work more efficiently.

danielle89506:

Here is an idea that has revolutionized our water system we have a 450' well that we felt was not cost effective at solar.  Not to mention we need quick volume for fire suppression and with livestock and our irrigation.
The solar guy we used came up with a device that was added to our off-grid system that has now be in service for 3 or so years.
The basic tenant is that he load shifts our efficient yet power hungry ac well pump to our auto-start backup generator.  In the summer time it makes the generator run about 20 min every other day.  As it runs it also tops off our battery bank.  The controller he came up with keeps our 1500 gallon above ground storage tank full and we use an efficient centrifugal 1/2 hp pump running off of the batteries and inverter to pressurize our domestic water.

Best $700.00  we spent in reference to our water issues

his info by the way  universalenergyonline.biz

cheers

Dani



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