Computer–aided analysis of the performance of diesel generator power systems used for water pumping

  • O.U Oparaku National center for Energy Research and Development
  • B.C. Eze Department of Computer Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka


The water Boards in the 36 states in Nigeria are constrained to utilize diesel generators for water pumping in the rural communities where grid electricity is unavailable. A software has been developed for the storage and analysis of some of the operational data of diesel generator-powered water pumping stations. The operational data include the monthly water production, diesel fuel consumption, engine oil consumption, number of days of operation within the month and the reasons for systems failure. For each station or a group of stations, it is possible, using the software, to generate information on the seasonal (rainy and dry season). water production , the average monthly, yearly and periodic production figures and the per-capita values. The average monthly /yearly down time over a period of years can be deduced. Results of the analysis of some water pumping stations are presented. The software is user-friendly and is designed to assist technical and managerial staff in assessing the performance of water pumping stations.

[Global Jnl Engineering Res. Vol.2(1&2) 2003: 23-34]

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