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FLEXmax Extreme eliminates the need for a cooling fan, through advanced engineering and design. Introduced at Solar Power International in Orlando, it takes its place alongside OutBack's acclaimed line of sealed inverter/chargers to give installers a truly flexible and versatile system solution capable of withstanding the harshest environmental extremes. Press release is below:


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OutBack Power Debuts FLEXmax Extreme Charge Controller
Introduces First Sealed, Outdoor-Rated Charge Controller; Designed to Provide Longer Service Life, Higher Reliability
Solar Power International 2012
Booth 4133

Orlando, Fla. – September 10, 2012 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, backup power and mobile applications, today introduced its FLEXmax Extreme: the first sealed, outdoor-rated maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller. A passively cooled design, the FLEXmax Extreme is the industry’s first charge controller to offer full power output over a wide range of temperatures with a sealed unit capable of protecting circuit boards and other sensitive components from dust, dirt, insects and other contaminants. By eliminating the cooling fan in the design, the FLEXmax Extreme removes the greatest obstacle to long service life and high reliability, since fan problems can severely limit power output.

FLEXmax Extreme’s advanced thermal engineering provides full power output from -20 to 45 degrees Celsius without requiring a cooling fan. The FLEXmax Extreme has a number of installer-friendly features, including:

  • Ground-agnostic design with support for negative, positive and floating ground systems;
  • Increased wire-bending space;
  • Oversized terminals for easy installation with large gauge wire; and
  • Industrial design that allows for servicing and replacing components while the unit is mounted on a wall and attached to a conduit.

The FLEXmax Extreme’s design allows it to be easily installed anywhere.

“OutBack Power’s FLEXmax Extreme charge controller significantly improves efficiency and performance of solar energy systems, allowing industrial users to get the most out of their installations,” said Phil Undercuffler, director of product management and strategy for OutBack Power. “The addition of the FLEXmax Extreme to OutBack’s renowned FX inverter/charger line extends the company’s ability to provide clean, reliable power worldwide.”

OutBack Power created the de facto standard with the introduction of the industry’s first multi-voltage MPPT controller. Today, OutBack Power’s line of FLEXmax controllers supports a wide variety of system designs and energy applications by increasing the yield from a solar photovoltaic (PV) array as much as 30 percent more than conventional designs. Using FLEXmax technology and featuring a sealed design, the FLEXmax Extreme offers unprecedented thermal management capabilities and continues in the OutBack tradition of breakthrough products and performance in this critical renewable energy system category.

The FLEXmax Extreme:

  • Allows for installation location flexibility with a sealed, outdoor-rated charge controller design;
  • Provides longer service life for electronics in a passively cooled design;
  • Handles a range of temperatures from -20 to 45 degrees Celsius with a flat derating factor;
  • Supports negative-grounded, positive-grounded and floating systems in a ground-agnostic design;
  • Supports safety requirements including PV ground-fault detector interrupter (GFDI), advanced PV-GFDI, PV arc-fault protection and emergency power off (EPO); and
  • Seamlessly integrates with OutBack Power components including MATE3 and AXS Port Modbus/TCP interface.

The FLEXmax Extreme supports 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 VDC battery voltages; logs the last 128 days of operational data; and features a voltage step-down capability and manual and auto-equalize cycle. Paired with OutBack Power’s recently announced AXS Port Modbus/TCP interface, the FLEXmax Extreme lets industrial customers take advantage of powerful command, control and integration capabilities. Additionally, the technology meets international standards, including UL1741, IEC 62109, IEC 62509, RoHS and CE.

The FLEXmax Extreme charge controller will be available in Q4 2012. Visit booth 4133 at Solar Power International for more information.


About OutBack Power Systems
OutBack Power Systems manufactures innovative power conversion solutions that leverage solar, wind and hydro resources to provide reliable electric power for the renewable energy, mobile and backup power markets. OutBack Power’s engineers have decades of power conversion electronics design and equipment installation experience and share a passion for leading the industry into a new era of performance, ease of use, durability, and standardization. OutBack Power is a privately-held corporation located in Arlington, WA USA with a European sales office in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com

 

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OutBack Introduces Modbus/TCP Interface

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OutBack Power Unveils Communications AXS Port

Brings Remote Communication and Control to Renewable Energy Systems

Arlington, Wash. – July 10, 2012– OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, backup power and mobile applications, today announced its new communications AXS Port Modbus/TCP Interface, which allows users to remotely communicate and control their renewable and backup energy systems for optimal performance and management.

Many renewable systems depend on on-site personnel to troubleshoot equipment and actively monitor and maintain operations. The AXS Port Modbus/TCP Interface makes it possible to remotely monitor and control an energy system by communicating with networked key system components. With the AXS Port Interface, users can securely access an OutBack Power system anywhere in the world via an Ethernet connection using Modbus Transmission Control Protocol (TCP).

“OutBack Power’s AXS Port Modbus/TCP Interface affords a new communications standard to our product portfolio,” said Phil Undercuffler, director of product management and strategy for OutBack Power. “It brings transparency and control to our installations where in-person maintenance or close monitoring can be difficult in remote or inaccessible areas.”

Compliance standards are an important asset for telecommunications worldwide; however, comparable standards for remote communication to solar power systems are not in place. OutBack Power is helping drive standardization with the AXS Port, a SunSpec compliant device. The SunSpec Alliance is an industry coalition formed to establish global interoperability among renewable energy components by defining open interface standards, allowing plug-and-play operation between components and management systems. OutBack Power’s commitment to incorporating standardization will drive the industry to provide reliable energy service, cost savings for customers to remotely respond to changing energy conditions, identify processes where efficiency is lost and actively manage energy storage charging.

Key features of the AXS Port Modbus/TCP Interface include:

  • SunSpec Compliant device
  • A 10/100 Ethernet interface
  • Over two years of data logging accessible using FTP download
  • Upgradable over Ethernet or MicroSD card
  • Certifications include: FCC, CE, RoHS
  • Internet standards: TCPIP, DNS, SMTP, FTP, DHCP, NTP

Additionally, OutBack Power recently announced its grid-interactive Radian Series GS7048E Inverter/Charger, offering 230V power for single phase and three phase residential, industrial, commercial and other applications. Engineered for compatibility across the diverse range of global power scenarios, the latest edition of OutBack’s Radian series builds on the brand’s reputation for reliability to meet the worldwide requirements of both stable and unstable grid infrastructures. The Radian empowers users to reduce costs associated with energy use by managing self-consumption, along with equipping them to handle the challenges associated with extended power outages.

Please contact an OutBack Power distributor for more information and pricing.


About OutBack Power Systems

OutBack Power Systems manufactures innovative power conversion solutions that leverage solar, wind and hydro resources to provide reliable electric power for the renewable energy, mobile and backup power markets. OutBack Power’s engineers have decades of power conversion electronics design and equipment installation experience and share a passion for leading the industry into a new era of performance, ease of use, durability, and standardization. OutBack Power is a privately-held corporation located in Arlington, WA USA with a European sales office in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com

 

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Malankara Plantations in Kerala, India is an 86 year old landmark and the first public plantation producing tea and rubber in India. Team Sustain provided a system to power the complex to run 18 tons of air conditioning, IT networking, lighting and water pumps to support 45 office workers with a 25kW 3-phase system of nine OutBack GVX-series off-grid inverter/chargers. The system is so effective that the building now boasts a five-star energy efficiency rating.

The United States Army’s M113 armored personnel carrier has revolutionized mobile military operations. On-board instrumentation, navigation, surveillance, computing and communications electronics depend on OutBack Extreme-series inverter/chargers for clean, stable power in the field.

Thirty-seven kilometers above the South Pole, NASA is conducting ongoing Antarctic Impulse Transient Antenna Array (ANITA) missions to detect ultra-high energy cosmic-ray neutrinos near the edge of space. An OutBack FLEXmax 60 Charge Controller is on-board to manage power from the solar array in very demanding conditions.

As the number one state for hurricane strikes, Florida takes emergency preparation seriously. The Florida Solar Energy Center SunSmart E-Shelter program is a network of public shelters in 90 schools across the state with a triple purpose: renewable energy education for students, energy savings for school systems and emergency shelter for the public when needed. The shelters’ solar power systems have OutBack GVFX-series grid-interactive inverter/chargers at their core.

The Rifugio Alimonta was designed as a climbing lodge in the Italian Alps, a destination for world-class mountaineers for centuries. OutBack provides the facility with reliable, off-grid power miles above the nearest utility.

Energy Options in Lancaster, California designed and installed a net-zero renewable energy system with 100 percent battery backup to run a cattle ranch where three independent utilities were some distance from the ranch’s centralized power plant. Twenty OutBack Radians and an OutBack MATE3 controller provide a combination of system-management and power-conversion to run the ranch in off-grid mode.

Given the remote location of the Tumul K’in Mayan School in the Belize rainforest where the only means of access is by river with a longboat, an on-site renewable energy power-generation required a very compact and high-output system. OutBack’s FLEXware 500 provided the solution for both renewable energy and as a sustainable technology teaching platform for the school’s 30 students.

Above the Arctic Circle, the Ivotuk Research Station serves as a joint facility for the Global Change Research Group (GCRG) and the Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC). An OutBack inverter and charge controller manage a hybrid power system of PV panels, wind turbine and two generators in order to deliver the electricity necessary to support meteorological and other scientific instrumentation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Following the Pinnacles National Monument’s centennial, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act upgraded the park with a new visitors’ center to accommodate greater than 60,000 visitors each year. The center’s vending machines, lighting, entry station, fire/EMS building and maintenance yard are entirely off-grid. The center is powered by a 36kW system with roof-mounted PV panels and 10 OutBack inverters in two FLEXware 1000 and one FLEXware 500 configurations, providing self-sustained solar energy to the national monument.

Following the devastating earthquake, the hospital built in Thomonde, Haiti by the Partners in Health (PIH) became more expensive to run when a diesel generator was needed 24/7. The Solar Electric Light Fund came to the hospital’s aid with a 29kW off-grid solar PV system powered by four OutBack VFX inverters and six FLEXmax charge controllers, which is capable of running the hospital’s lighting, lab equipment, fans, refrigeration, computers, diagnostic machines and all other electrical needs to support patients and staff.

The US Cellular BTS installation is at an elevation of 4,000 feet next to Mount St. Helens, where conditions require a snow-cat to bring in propane to fuel its generator. An on-site renewable energy system is critical. This one uses twin OutBack VFX-series inverters and four FLEXmax charge controllers to serve the telecommunications needs of Forest Service personnel, hikers and researchers that frequent this famous location.

Alternative Power Productions of California uses an off-grid solar/diesel power plant to electrify high-powered audio, video and lighting systems used in outdoor concerts and festivals for high-profile acts including Stevie Wonder and Neil Young. Its PV array is built into the stage cover, and its large battery bank occupies the space below the stage floor to deliver clean, quiet power using OutBack’s FLEXpower and FLEXware systems.

Microgrid electrical systems are beneficial to isolated villages, where homes, police stations and religious facilities are primed for electrically-powered modern conveniences and appliances. A fishing and pepper-farming village at the tip of East Malaysia, Melano is unreachable by land, and accessible only after an extended boat trip, making it a perfect candidate for 18.4kW of power run by two OutBack Power FLEXware systems, since compact size makes this system ideal for hand-carried and small boat transport. Because the village is so inaccessible, reliability is paramount as replacements are literally a journey away.

Featured in the 2010 film Carbon Nation, retired U.S. Army Colonel and Green Hawk movement founder Daniel Nolan demonstrates the technology behind Fort Irwin National Training Center’s experimental building design where HVAC needs in desert conditions are about one-sixth that of conventional shelters, thanks to energy from OutBack FLEXware™ system powering the PV installation and wind turbines. The military is dedicated to reducing its dependency on convoy-transported fuel and generating power on-site, which in turn reduces strategic risk and liability, saving costs and lives.

Locally-installed and maintained in Lesotho, Africa, solar projects are funded by groups including the Gates Foundation, Clinton Foundation and Partners in Health; they are the best choice to meet the electrical needs of rural clinics that are the first line of defense again malaria, tuberculosis or AIDS. OutBack’s FLEXware is a renewable system teaching platform and a core power source for community services for these African clinics.

About OutBack Power Systems
OutBack Power Systems manufactures innovative power conversion solutions that leverage solar, wind and hydro resources to provide reliable electric power for the renewable energy, mobile and backup power markets. OutBack Power’s engineers have decades of power conversion electronics design and equipment installation experience and share a passion for leading the industry into a new era of performance, ease of use, durability, and standardization. OutBack Power is a privately-held corporation located in Arlington, WA USA with a European sales office in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com

 

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OutBack Introduces 230V/50Hz Radian inverter


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OutBack Power Brings Radian Performance and Flexibility to International Markets

With off-grid and grid-tied capability in one box, new inverter is designed to meet international specifications and performance requirements

Arlington, Wash. - June 6, 2012– OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications, today announced its grid-interactive Radian Series GS7048E Inverter/Charger, offering 230V of adjustable power for residential, industrial, commercial and other applications. Engineered for compatibility across the diverse range of global power scenarios, the latest edition of OutBack’s Radian series builds on the brand’s reputation for reliability to meet requirements of both stable and unstable grid infrastructures worldwide. The Radian empowers both utilities and consumers to reduce costs associated with consumption along with the challenges associated with extended power outages.

Grid-tied renewable energy systems save money by offsetting utility costs, while off-grid systems provide energy independence when grid power is unavailable. Grid-interactive systems with battery back-up capability can do both, delivering savings when the grid is up and delivering power for essential needs if the grid fails. The grid-interactive Radian augments grid power while also maintaining back-up capacity. During an outage, it will deliver power from a renewable source, batteries, a generator, or a combination of these energy options.

“OutBack Power’s GS7048E Radian brings our product line performance and reliability to a new level of flexibility,” said Phil Undercuffler, director of product management and strategy for OutBack Power. “It provides independence from the grid and security from utility failures by supplying continuous power, as well as ensuring ease of integration and adjustable capacity.”

In some regions, the ability to sell energy back to the grid is limited or restricted. For these applications the Radian offers an offset function, by which users can prioritize excess energy from photovoltaic (PV) arrays to power loads and reduce the power that must be purchased from the grid. This ensures that renewable energy systems always deliver the best value possible by balancing utility and available local power sources.

The Radian’s modular design provides redundancy in mission-critical installations, and minimizes emergency service calls by allowing the system to come back online at 3,500 watts—half the capacity of continuous power—in the event of a power module failure. The 230-volt output integrates directly into standard premises wiring, while the modular, parallel architecture provides the ability to build a scalable system to power nearly any load.

 

Key features of the GS7048E Radian Inverter/Charger include:

  • Grid-interactive, stand-alone functionality in the same package
  • 7,000 watts of continuous power
  • 230V single-phase (230/400VAC 3-phase using three inverters)
  • Field-adjustable input/output voltage and frequency boundaries of 50/60Hz and 220-240V nominal
  • Field serviceable modular design and upgradeable firmware
  • Unsurpassed surge capacity and dual AC inputs
  • Built on OutBack Power’s core FX FET board technology
  • Advanced front venting for optimum cooling in zero-clearance installations
  • Planned certifications and listings include:
    • CE
    • RoHS
    • IEC specifications on PV power conversion systems
    • AS4777 grid connection and inverter requirements

OutBack Power’s GS7048E Radian is available in Q3 2012.

 

About OutBack Power Systems
OutBack Power Systems manufactures innovative power conversion solutions that leverage solar, wind and hydro resources to provide reliable electric power for the renewable energy, mobile and backup power markets. OutBack Power’s engineers have decades of power conversion electronics design and equipment installation experience and share a passion for leading the industry into a new era of performance, ease of use, durability, and standardization. OutBack Power is a privately-held corporation located in Arlington, WA USA with a European sales office in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com

 

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www.outbackpower.com