Problem: I have been asked to help determine whether a waterwheel is able to generate enough power to run 5 x 15kW pumps in a remote location in Zambia where there is no constant power supply. I work in the mining industry so this question is a bit out of my field to say the least.
The pumps as mentioned are 15kW pulling 34 Amps (max speed is 2900RPM)
If I have to do basic calculations to determine: - The speed of the water wheel (RPM) - Dimensions of the water wheel - Will the water wheel be able to produce that amount of power.
Can someone please guide me in any way regarding what calculations are required, where to find these calculations? What additional parameters are required if necessary?