OutBack Power, a specialist in off-grid and grid/hybrid power conversion electronics and systems for renewable and other energy applications, today announced the introduction of SmartHarvest, a series of products engineered to deliver optimum renewable energy harvesting with exceptional value and simplicity. The series is designed to bring OutBack performance to a broader range of international users whose need for electricity can be met most cleanly and economically through renewable energy sources.
SmartHarvest Energy’s debut will focus on two product categories critical to PV/solar system designers and installers: maximum power-point tracking (MPPT) charge controllers and inverter/chargers.
SmartHarvest’s first charge controller (model SCC-20-100 MPPT) is ideal for moderately powered panel installations and incorporates new fast MPPT technology originally pioneered by OutBack Power in its legendary FLEXmax line. The SmartHarvest integrated power inverter/charger, charge controller SPCU 1024 is an extremely innovative product combining a 1 kW inverter, a battery charger and an MPPT charge controller in a single precision chassis. It is an ideal building block for entry-level solar power systems that incorporate energy storage for unreliable or nonexistent grids. The initial three SmartHarvest products will be joined by additional models in the coming months, including a second charge controller, model MPPT SCCM10-75, for lower-powered applications requiring maximum harvesting efficiency, and two pulse-width modulation (PWM) charge controllers, models SCCP10-05- and SCCP05-050, for small systems in areas with consistent solar conditions where economical PWM technology represents the best system investment.
For service and support, SmartHarvest by OutBack will leverage the same global support network for which OutBack Power and the Alpha Group companies are famous. Alpha GmbH covers Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) markets, AIB handles Central and Latin America, Alpha Pty. serves the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region, and OutBack Power provides service and support in North America.
SmartHarvest by OutBack products will be available for viewing at Intersolar Europe in Munich from 4 to 6 June and again at Intersolar North America in San Francisco from 8 to 10 July, 2014. OutBack customers can begin placing orders for the first SmartHarvest products in mid-July, with initial shipments starting in September.